NZ expands support for Ukraine, increases defence commitments

PM Hipkins announces extended training and additional $5.3m in aid.

NZ expands support for Ukraine, increases defence commitments
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The New Zealand government has expanded its support for Ukraine as the battle with Russia continues.

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins insisted that his support for Ukraine “has not waned” as he announced more defence commitments and more spending to aid the war.

He described New Zealand’s backing of Ukraine as “unprecedented”.

He said that New Zealand would extend for one year the deployment of 95 NZDF personnel currently in the UK to train Ukrainian soldiers.

Defence Minister Andrew Little emphasised that New Zealand soldiers had not and would not be deployed to Ukraine.

Hipkins also promised an extra $5.3m would be sent to Ukraine to provide humanitarian assistance, help refugees and support action against Russia in the International Criminal Court.

He also announced more sanctions, this time targeting 18 entities and nine individuals who support Russia’s war.

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