Surplus defense equipment from New Zealand donated by the government has arrived in Europe to help Ukraine in its war against Russia.
The Defense Force announced the arrival today, noting that military aid from New Zealand and Australia had arrived and were on their way to a European airport for delivery to the Ukrainian government.
NEWS NZDF equipment such as body armor and helmets have been delivered to Europe.
Military assistance stores from Australia and New Zealand were taken to a European airport on a @AusAirForce C-17A Globemaster III aircraft for delivery to the Ukrainian government. #Force4NZ @DeptDefence pic.twitter.com/2jl2S4NyHG
– New Zealand Defense Force (@NZDefenceForce) April 6, 2022
The government had announced that it was sending surplus defense equipment, consisting of bulletproof vests, helmets, camouflage vests and harness straps.
New Zealand has also pledged an additional $5 million to support Ukraine, including a contribution to a NATO Trust Fund which provides immediate non-lethal military assistance such as fuel, military rations, communications and military first aid kits.
Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said earlier this week that evidence is “mounting” of Russian war crimes in Ukraine since Russia invaded its neighbor in late February.
“Moscow has no doubts about New Zealand’s position in this war,” she said.