30 years today
by James O’Neill*
Diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Australia were established in 1991, but it was not until February 2015 that Australia established an embassy in Kiev. Trade between the two countries is minuscule, amounting to about $40 million a year, mainly in minerals, chemicals and their by-products.
Politically, Ukraine was barely on the Australian radar. That changed in July 2014 when Malaysian Airlines MH17 was shot down over Eastern Ukraine, killing all on board, including 38 Australian citizens or residents. [Read more…]