Ukraine waiting on a six-month request for help

Ukraine has been waiting for a response from the Albanese government on a request for help for six months, as Australia looks to give support in a "practical way".

The Age and Sydney Morning Herald report Ukrainian officials have directly appealed to Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong for a coal shipment to help meet its energy needs as Russia targets its power plants with missile and drone attacks.

Asked why Australia wouldn't provide Ukraine with the coal it needs, Mr Marles said the government had given a response.

"In all that we are doing, we are looking at how our support can be sustainable and ongoing, because we mean to stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes Ukraine to resolve this conflict on its terms," he told the ABC's RN on Monday.

ukraine waiting on a six-month request for help

Richard Marles says Australia is focused on providing practical support for Ukraine. (Joel Carrett/AAP PHOTOS)

"It also needs to be practical, and we are talking with Ukraine about how best we can do that.

"From time to time, one item or another will end up in the media and it will gain attention, but what we're doing is focusing on our conversation with Ukraine about how the support that we can provide can be done the most practical way."

Ukraine is increasingly worried a coal shipment may not arrive in time for Europe's winter.

Nationals Leader David Littleproud said Australia should help Ukraine in "any way we can" as the world would change for the worse if Kyiv didn't prevail over Moscow.

"There's an opportunity there to get those shipments through, so long as they can be put through safely, then there's no need for us to hold back," he told reporters in Canberra.

"It's where the government needs to get their priorities right."

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