IMAGE ID 2J60B84 Ukrainian serviceman looks on as smoke rises following Russian shelling in Luhansk Region, Ukraine 260421 CREDIT Reuters, Serhii Nuzhnenko, Alamy Stock Photo
New Zealand's Minister of Defence made it clear the country's forces would not be entering Ukraine (Picture: Reuters/Serhii Nuzhnenko/Alamy Stock Photo).
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New Zealand to train Ukrainian forces in the UK

A training team of 30 personnel will head to the UK, training Ukrainian forces on using artillery equipment until the end of July.

IMAGE ID 2J60B84 Ukrainian serviceman looks on as smoke rises following Russian shelling in Luhansk Region, Ukraine 260421 CREDIT Reuters, Serhii Nuzhnenko, Alamy Stock Photo
New Zealand's Minister of Defence made it clear the country's forces would not be entering Ukraine (Picture: Reuters/Serhii Nuzhnenko/Alamy Stock Photo).

New Zealand's military is set to train Ukrainian forces in the UK, the country's prime minister has announced.

Jacinda Ardern said "a New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) artillery training team of up to 30 personnel" will head to the UK to train Ukrainian personnel "in operating L119 105mm light field guns".

"We have been clear throughout Russia's assault on Ukraine that such a blatant attack on innocent lives and the sovereignty of another country is wrong, and our response has not only included the condemnation of Russia, but practical support for Ukraine," Ms Arden said.

New Zealand's prime minister also said the training team will work with Ukraine's armed forces until the end of July.

The country had previously deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130H Hercules aircraft and NZDF personnel to the UK and Europe to help support Ukraine's self-defence.

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New Zealand Defence Minister Peeni Henare said he was pleased New Zealand could help Ukraine's armed forces, but made it clear they would not enter the country.

"The Government is acting on a call for help with training, which will enable members of the Ukrainian armed forces to operate L119 light field guns as they continue to defend their country against attacks by Russian forces," he said.

"We are also providing approximately 40 gun sights to Ukraine, along with a small quantity of ammunition for training purposes.

"An advance party will deploy this week with the remainder of the artillery training team deploying as soon as practicable," he added.

New Zealand has donated approximately $15.7m to purchase military equipment for Ukraine and commercial satellite access for Ukrainian Defence Intelligence.

The country has also rolled out sanctions targeting those associated with Russia's invasion.