New Zealand Joins Ukrainian Soldier Training

by Olha Povaliaieva
Monday, August 15, 2022
New Zealand Joins Ukrainian Soldier Training

The government of the state announced the accession of 120 instructors to the training process of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the UK

The prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, made a statement about strengthening the participation of the state's military personnel in the training of soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the UK.

"New Zealand will continue to respond to Ukraine's requests for practical support for its people who are defending their homeland. We are sending 120 New Zealand Armed Forces members to train new recruits in the UK," Jacinda Ardern.

Ardern's statement says that the total number of soldiers sent to train the Ukrainians is 150. The first 30 instructors went to the exercises in May.

"This is part of our assistance to Ukraine, which also includes more than NZ$40 million ($25.7 million) in financial support and restrictive sanctions imposed on 840 Russian individuals and entities," the prime minister.

According to Jacinda Ardern, colleagues from New Zealand will train Ukrainian soldiers not only in the art of war and handling modern equipment but also in the provision of medical care. The minister stressed that the subjects of the New Zealand Ministry of defence will exclusively train Ukrainians but will not be deployed to Ukraine.

Defence minister Peni Henare said the instructors would arrive in the UK by November 30 and train 10.000 Ukrainians.

Also, the New Zealand parliament accepted for consideration a proposal to break off diplomatic relations with Russia and expel the ambassador of the terrorist country. Gaurav Sharma, an MP from the ruling labour party, said the issue was "humanitarian" for the country.

"We are all very sympathetic to the Ukrainians because of what is happening in their country, and consideration of this petition is one of the ways to ensure that our voice is heard in parliament," Gaurav Sharma.

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