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New Zealand is sending a cargo plane and 50 defence force personnel to bolster Ukraine’s war effort against Russia.

Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday announced the Kiwi government will also hand over $13 million worth of weapons, ammunition and high-tech satellite intelligence equipment.

The prime minister previously refrained from supplying military equipment to the besieged eastern European nation, saying earlier this month her government would focus solely on humanitarian support.

Jacinda Ardern (pictured) announced the Kiwi government will hand over $13million worth of weapons, ammunition and high-tech satellite intelligence equipment to Ukraine

Jacinda Ardern (pictured) announced the Kiwi government will hand over $13million worth of weapons, ammunition and high-tech satellite intelligence equipment to Ukraine

Jacinda Ardern (pictured) announced the Kiwi government will hand over $13million worth of weapons, ammunition and high-tech satellite intelligence equipment to Ukraine

New Zealand is sending a cargo plane ( NZ Defence Force aircraft C-130 Hercules, pictured) and 50 defence force personnel to bolster Ukraine's war effort against Russia

New Zealand is sending a cargo plane ( NZ Defence Force aircraft C-130 Hercules, pictured) and 50 defence force personnel to bolster Ukraine's war effort against Russia

New Zealand is sending a cargo plane ( NZ Defence Force aircraft C-130 Hercules, pictured) and 50 defence force personnel to bolster Ukraine’s war effort against Russia

WHAT SUPPORT IS NEW ZEALAND GIVING TO UKRAINE?

– The deployment of an NZDF C-130H Hercules transport aircraft and 50 support personnel to Europe – for two months

– A further NZDF 8-person team logistic specialists to support the international donor coordination centre in Germany with the flow of aid and supplies to Ukraine

– An extra $13.1 million, towards military and legal and human rights support, including:

– $7.5 million to contribute to weapons and ammunition procurement by the United Kingdom

– $4.1 million to support commercial satellite access for the Ukrainian Defence Intelligence

– $1 million to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

– $500,000 for the International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court

Today’s announcement brings New Zealand’s total contribution to the Ukraine to $30 million and 67 people deployed. 

Source: NZ government  

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NZ was at the time also lagging behind the rest of the world imposing sanctions on Putin and his cronies.

Kiwi laws required the United Nations Security Council – of which Russia is a member – to sign off on travel restrictions and harsh financial deterrents.

But the NZ Parliament passed a bill to join the international sanctions effort and changed its tune on supplying President Volodymyr Zelenskyy with arms and other non-lethal equipment.

A C-130 Hercules will set off for Europe on Wednesday to join a chain of military aircraft from partner nations for the next two months.

The plane will travel through Europe, carrying much-needed equipment and supplies to key distribution centres.

The 50 NZDF staff will oversee the operation of the aircraft and distribution of aid, including military supplies, which will be procured from the UK.

It will be taken to a base of operations in Germany and sent on another transport aircraft to the battlefield.

Pictured: Ukrainians carry the body of man killed by Russians in Kyiv on 11 April 2022

Pictured: Ukrainians carry the body of man killed by Russians in Kyiv on 11 April 2022

Pictured: Ukrainians carry the body of man killed by Russians in Kyiv on 11 April 2022

Pictured: An apartment building is destroyed in Chernihiv after being bombed by Russian invaders

Pictured: An apartment building is destroyed in Chernihiv after being bombed by Russian invaders

Pictured: An apartment building is destroyed in Chernihiv after being bombed by Russian invaders 

The arsenal will include $7.5m of weapons and ammunition and $4.1 million of satellite equipment to support the Ukrainian Defence Intelligence.

NZ will also provide $1 million to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and $500,000 for the International Court of Justice and International Criminal Court – as Western powers build up a case against Russia for war crimes.

‘Our support to date has been comprehensive and covers every aspect of this conflict – humanitarian, legal, military, transportation, and people – and is in addition to the economic and trade sanctions we have put in place to help cripple the Russian economy,’ Ms Ardern said.

NZ Parliament passed a groundbreaking bill to join the international sanctions effort and have now changed their tune on supplying President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (pictured) with arms

NZ Parliament passed a groundbreaking bill to join the international sanctions effort and have now changed their tune on supplying President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (pictured) with arms

NZ Parliament passed a groundbreaking bill to join the international sanctions effort and have now changed their tune on supplying President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (pictured) with arms

A Ukrainian man stands on a destroyed Russian tank in Buzova village of Kyiv on April 11 2022

A Ukrainian man stands on a destroyed Russian tank in Buzova village of Kyiv on April 11 2022

A Ukrainian man stands on a destroyed Russian tank in Buzova village of Kyiv on April 11 2022

‘Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a violation of international law, which is why we are supporting the International Criminal Court in their investigations to hold Russia to account.

‘We will continue to answer to the calls of Ukraine, with regular reviews of how we can keep making the greatest difference.’

Nine defence intelligence and liaison personnel were sent to assist Ukraine following a request weeks earlier.

Peeni Henare, the NZ Minister of Defence said Wednesday’s deployment was in response to a ‘direct ask by the UK, which identified that New Zealand could play a tangible role in supporting what has become an enormous logistical task’.

‘At no point will they enter Ukraine.’

NZ’s total contribution to the Ukraine now stands at $30 million with 67 people deployed. 

Source: DailyMail

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