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New Zealand to help Ukraine in war effort by deploying 50 personnel and military aircraft

As part of its support for Ukraine against Russia's invasion, New Zealand will deploy a C130 Hercules aircraft with 50 personnel to Europe on Wednesday.

Jacinda Ardern announced that NZ$13 million (US$8.9 million) would be committed to further assistance, including the procurement of weapons and ammunition via the United Kingdom and the deployment of eight logistics specialists from the NZ Defence Force to Germany.

Defence Minister Peeni Henare said New Zealand was responding to a direct request from the United Kingdom to assist in what has grown into a massive logistical challenge.

“The needs of Ukraine remain broad, urgent, and are changing rapidly,” Ardern told reporters on April 11. “The enormous quantities of military support that countries are contributing has made distribution difficult, and there is now a growing need for transportation, logistical support, and people power to deliver to Ukraine’s military and citizens what is so urgently needed.”

11 April 2022


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