August 16, 2022
NZDF extends Ukraine training mission
New Zealand is sending a further 120 New Zealand Defence Force personnel to the United Kingdom to help train Ukraine soldiers, as part of an international effort to help Ukraine defend itself against invasion by Russia.
The initial deployment in May of 30 NZDF personnel to train Ukrainian military personnel in operating artillery is now completed.
The two infantry training teams will equip Ukrainian personnel with the core skills to be effective in frontline combat including weapon handling, combat first aid, operational law and other soldier skills.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand will continue to answer the call of Ukraine for practical support.
“What Ukraine is often seeking is very much what we are responding to – support for training – because they have a real mixture of those who have some basic training to those who have none so to be able to support training and it includes first aid and international law around combat is incredibly important,” she says.
Since the start of the conflict, New Zealand has also committed $40 million in financial support and sanctioned 840 individuals and entities.