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New Zealand to deploy 120 troops to Britain to train Ukrainian soldiers

New Zealand to deploy 120 troops to Britain to train Ukrainian soldiers

New Zealand is sending 120 military personnel to Great Britain to help train Ukrainians in front-line combat, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on August 15, 2022.

Two infantry training teams will assist with training 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers in weapons handling, first aid, and military law.

“We have been clear that a blatant attack on a country’s sovereignty and the subsequent loss of innocent lives is wrong and intolerable. Our condemnation will continue to extend beyond words and include critical support,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a news conference to announce the deployment.

“We have been told that one of the highest priorities for Ukraine right now is to further strengthen its self-defense of country and people.”

New Zealand soldiers “have not and will not engage in combat in Ukraine’s territory,” Ardern said.

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