Australian aid worker killed during Russian invasion of Ukraine, PM confirms

An Australian humanitarian worker has been killed in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Michael O’Neill, a Tasmanian father working as a truck driver helping wounded and injured Ukrainians on the front lines, died on Wednesday.

O’Neill, who was aged in his 40s, leaves behind children in Melbourne and the Philippines.

Michael O’Neill, a Tasmanian father working as a truck driver helping wounded and injured Ukrainians on the front lines, died on Wednesday. (Supplied)

Both Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) confirmed they are providing consular assistance to O’Neill’s family.

“We send our deepest condolences to the family,” a DFAT spokesperson said.

Albanese responded to the news at a press conference on Saturday.

“This is a tragedy and I want to give my condolences to the family of the person involved,” Albanese said.

An Australian has died in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed.
An Australian has died in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed. (9News)

“The Australian authorities through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are providing consular support to the family.”

DFAT said consular assistance included support and guidance to families as well as liaison with local and Australian authorities to assist with the repatriation of remains.

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The department’s travel advice for Ukraine remains at “do not travel”, as its ability to provide consular assistance in the country is “extremely limited due to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine”.

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