MOSCOW, December 11 (Sputnik) — The MH17 crash has brought Australia and Ukraine closer, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday expressing his gratitude for Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko's support.
"Australia feels a strong bond with Ukraine arising from the MH17 atrocity & I thank @poroshenko for his support," Abbott wrote on his Twitter account.
Thirty-eight Australian citizens died in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 near the city of Donetsk, on July 17, 2014. The plane was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 298 people aboard were killed. A preliminary report said the plane most likely broke up in mid-air after a large number of high-energy objects penetrated the fuselage.
According to a release issued on Thursday by the Ukrainian president's press service, a number of agreements have been made between the two countries. Specifically, Australia will provide $100 million to the economically-troubled Ukraine as part of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) assistance, and over $2 million to the Ukrainian armed forces.
Abbott and Poroshenko also agreed to energy technology cooperation and discussed the possible use of Australian uranium for nuclear energy plants in Ukraine.