New Zealand to Deploy Military Cargo Aircraft and Personnel to Distribute Relief Goods in Ukraine

New Zealand officials said the government would deploy a C-130 Hercules and 58 personnel to Europe, to help with the transportation and distribution of donated military aid to Ukraine.

Defense Minister Peeni Henare said on Monday that the team would travel throughout Europe transporting equipment and supplies to distribution centers, but would not enter Ukraine.

The team would be the largest Defence Force deployment into Europe in 26 years, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called a “significant and meaningful contribution” to the war efforts.

The government also said it would donate $9 million towards military, legal, and human rights support.

Ardern said New Zealand’s support would help Ukraine repel the Russian invasion.

“Our support is to assist the Ukraine Army to repel a brutal Russian invasion because peace in the region of Europe is essential for global stability,” Ardern said.

“Such a blatant attack on a country’s sovereignty is a threat to all of us and that’s why we too have a role to play,” Ardern added.

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