120 NZDF soldiers are sent to the UK to train the Ukrainian military

The New Zealand government has announced that up to 120 New Zealand Defense Force (NZDF) soldiers will be sent to the UK to train Ukrainian infantry recruits.

The deployment will begin over the next three weeks and run until November 30 in response to an invitation from the UK Armed Forces to support the infantry training programme.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “New Zealand has made it clear that we will continue to respond to Ukraine’s call for practical support as it defends its homeland and people against Russia’s unjustified invasion.

“We know that one of Ukraine’s most important priorities right now is training its soldiers, and New Zealand is proud to have responded to this call in solidarity with a number of other countries.”

The latest deployment is part of New Zealand’s efforts to support Ukraine, which includes nearly $40 million in financial aid that has been pledged so far.

The training infantry contingent of the New Zealand army will be divided into two teams to train almost 800 Ukrainian soldiers.

NZDF personnel will train the Ukrainians in weapons handling, first aid and operational law, among other key soldier skills needed in frontline combat.

New Zealand Defense Minister Pini Henare said: “This deployment also provides an opportunity for NZDF personnel to gain valuable experience mastering basic soldiering skills in a foreign environment alongside key partners, contributing to the sustainment of our military force.

“The training will be conducted exclusively at one of four locations in the UK and our NZDF personnel will not be entering Ukraine.”

In May of this year NZDF logistics personnel began working with international troops as part of the International Donor Coordination Center (IDCC) in Germany to coordinate the delivery of free military aid to Ukraine.

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