New Zealand has pledged another $25.9 million in support to Ukraine, bringing New Zealand’s financial contribution to more than $100m.

Report informs via foreign media that in a joint statement Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Judith Collins said New Zealand would extend support to Ukraine and plan more sanctions on Russia.

This support, worth $25.9 million, will bring the total value of New Zealand’s assistance pledged in the past two years to more than $100 million, they said.

That support would continue, Collins said.

“The Government is pleased to announce NZDF’s meaningful, visible and highly credible deployment of skilled personnel in support of Ukraine will extend until June 2025.

“Up to 97 NZDF personnel will continue to train Ukrainian soldiers, and provide intelligence, liaison and logistics support.”

Alongside the extension of the NZDF deployment, the package also included $6.5m to the United Kingdom-administered International Fund for Ukraine to procure weapons and ammunition for Ukraine, $7m in humanitarian assistance to support Ukrainians affected by the war, including those who have been displaced to neighbouring countries.

New Zealand would also partner with international humanitarian agencies and New Zealand humanitarian NGOs to deliver this support, the joint statement said.

It also included $3 million to the World Bank’s Ukraine Relief, Recovery, Reconstruction and Reform Trust Fund.