Putin’s military mobilisation suggests the Russian army is in deep trouble — but this war is far from over

It’s a confronting question for an ambassador to his host country to ask: “If you’re willing to die for Australia, please raise your hand?”

That’s what Ukraine’s Ambassador to Australia Vasyl Myroshnychenko has been asking groups since his arrival in April. He says he’s asking for two reasons: First, Ukrainians are dying every day. He often opens Facebook in the morning and finds an obituary for someone he knows.

“No country can assume that it will never be attacked,” he says. “If someone had told me a year ago that Russia would not only invade eastern Ukraine but also try to take Kyiv, I wouldn’t have considered it a serious possibility.”

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Second, says Myroshnychenko, Australia cannot assume that it will not face its own war.

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