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Aussie freedom fighter hurt in Ukraine

An Aussie freedom fighter has been hurt in Ukraine, after helping take on Russia in a battle in the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk.

Russian troops had claimed the city, but Ukrainian forces, with the help of foreign fighters, pushed them out.

The Australian didn't identify himself, but the journalist interviewing him revealed he was one of several fighters from overseas.

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An Aussie freedom fighter has been hurt in Ukraine, after helping take on Russia in a battle in the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk.

"I'm from Australia, it's quite far away. It's hard to get here," he said.

"I stepped up. Hopefully I can inspire others to do the same thing."

As he spoke, the group came under attack and he was among those wounded.

He can be seen with a bandaged hand.

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Russian troops had claimed the city, but Ukrainian forces, with the help of foreign fighters, pushed them out.

What looks like a donated Australian Bushmaster vehicle can be seen bombed in the footage.

Russia took aim at Western military supplies for Ukraine on Sunday, launching airstrikes on Kyiv that it claimed destroyed tanks donated from abroad, as Vladimir Putin warned that any Western deliveries of longer-range rocket systems would prompt Moscow to hit "objects that we haven't yet struck".

The Russian leader's cryptic threat of military escalation did not specify what the new targets might be.

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It came days after the United States announced plans to deliver US$700 million of security assistance for Ukraine that includes four precision-guided, medium-range rocket systems, as well as helicopters, Javelin anti-tank systems, radars, tactical vehicles and more.

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