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New Zealand increases support for Ukraine

New Zealand increases support for Ukraine

New Zealand announced extending its defense commitments and humanitarian, legal and economic support for Ukraine as part of the ongoing international response to Russia’s illegal war of aggression, Prime Minister of New Zealand Chris Hipkins reported. The official website of the New Zealand Government.

  • Extend deployment for one year of 95 New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) personnel training and supporting Ukrainian armed forces up to June 30, 2024
  • Two additional NZDF personnel deployed to Poland to conduct space training programs for members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine until June 30, 2024

  • $2m to Ukraine Humanitarian Fund to support the provision of healthcare, food assistance, clean water, shelter and other assistance
  • $1.5 million to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, providing humanitarian support to Ukrainian refugees
  • $500,000 towards a New Zealand Disaster Response Partnership with New Zealand NGOs on the regional refugee response
  • $1.3 million of funding to the International Criminal Courts Office of the Prosecutor and Trust Fund for Victims to ensure legal accountability and justice for victims in Ukraine

  • Further sanctions targeting a total of 18 entities and nine individuals supporting Russia’s war against Ukraine

The Prime Minister announced the package of measures while visiting NZDF personnel training Ukrainian troops at the Salisbury Plain Army Training Area outside of London.

“For more than a year, New Zealand has stood with the people of Ukraine as they have been subject to a brutal, unrelenting and illegal invasion by Russia. Over the past year, New Zealand has contributed more than $78 million of financial and military support to Ukraine, as well as our support for Ukraine’s legal case against Russia,  sanctions targeting more than 1,500 Russian and Belarussian individuals and entities, and trade measures. Today’s package shows our resolve has not waned, and our ongoing support for Ukraine and the international response has not diminished,” Chris Hipkins said.

In the economic field,  New Zealand is putting in place further sanctions targeting 18 entities and nine individuals supporting Russia’s war against Ukraine, as informed by New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta.

By the official information, these sanctions cover senior leaders of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), Russia’s internal security and intelligence service, the FSB itself, as well as other Russian individuals and entities who develop and procure weapons, technology, and communication systems, and provide services such as transport and insurance – all vital to Russia’s ability to wage war.

More information about diplomatic, military, legal, and economic support to Ukraine, as well as sanctions, travel bans, and export controls against Russia, can be found on the MFAT site here.

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