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New Zealand announced additional financial support for Ukraine and other initiatives

On May 3, the New Zealand government announced an increase in its financial support for Ukraine and an extension of military training programs for Ukrainian soldiers. In addition, new sanctions against Russia were imposed.

“A deployment of 95 New Zealand defense personnel working to train Ukrainian troops near London will be extended by a year to 30 June 2024,” said Prime Minister of New Zealand, Chris Hipkins.

The allocation of more than $5m NZD to various initiatives supporting Ukraine was also announced. These funds will be used for financing initiatives by the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund, the UNHCR, and the international criminal court’s Office of the Prosecutor and Trust Fund for Victims.

Moreover, the New Zealand government imposed additional sanctions, targeting 18 entities and 9 individuals supporting Russia.

Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine, New Zealand has been actively helping Ukraine. In particular, nearly 300 military instructors from New Zealand have been involved in military training programs for the Ukrainian forces in the UK.