Australian Michael O’Neill killed in Ukraine conflict

An Australian suspected of taking part in the ongoing war effort against Russian forces has been killed in Ukraine.

Michael O’Neill, 48, was in Ukraine helping the country with humanitarian aid when he was injured and killed.

Mr. O’Neill leaves behind three children and a family based primarily in Tasmania.

A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said Mr O’Neill’s family had been contacted.

“DFAT is providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian killed in Ukraine. For confidentiality reasons, we cannot provide additional information,” the spokesperson said.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese commented on the Australian’s death on Saturday.

“This is a tragedy and I want to offer my condolences to the family of the person involved; the family has asked that their privacy be respected,” he said.

A tribute to Mr O’Neill posted on Facebook says he was loved as a ‘larrikin’ family man who spent his time between the Philippines and Australia.

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