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First shipment of New Zealand defense equipment arrives to help Ukraine

Surplus defense equipment from New Zealand donated by the government has arrived in Europe to help Ukraine in its war against Russia.

New Zealand and Australian military surplus arrives in Europe to be sent to Ukraine.
Photo: Supplied / New Zealand Defense Force – Twitter

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.

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.