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New Zealand announces $26 million aid package for Ukraine

by Dinara Khalilova February 22, 2024 10:02 AM 2 min read
The New Zealand flag flies as a seagull stands on top of the flag pole in Auckland, New Zealand, on March 2, 2016. (Brendon O'Hagan/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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New Zealand’s government announced on Feb. 22 that it would provide Ukraine with another defense and humanitarian aid package worth almost $26 million.

This package brings the total value of New Zealand’s assistance pledged to Ukraine in the past two years to over $100 million.

A large chunk of the money will be used to finance an extension of New Zealand’s training program for Ukrainian soldiers until 2025, the country’s government wrote in a press release.

As part of the package, New Zealand will send $6.5 million to a U.K.-administered fund to procure weapons and ammunition for Ukraine.

The country will also provide $7 million in humanitarian assistance for Ukrainians affected by the war, including refugees, and transfer $3 million to the World Bank’s Ukraine Relief, Recovery, Reconstruction and Reform Trust Fund.

New Zealand is also reportedly working on a new package of sanctions against Russia.

“Russia launched its illegal, full-scale invasion of Ukraine, in blatant violation of international law, including the UN Charter,” New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters said.

“The war has had a horrific human cost, caused immense suffering, and has significantly impacted regional and global stability. That is why New Zealand remains committed to standing with Ukraine.”

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