New Zealand pledges $2 million for Ukraine aid
New Zealand is setting aside an initial $2 million for humanitarian aid to help the people of Ukraine.
The funding will be used to support health facilities on the ground and meet basic needs – such as food and hygiene items.
In a statement announcing the funding, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta reiterated her call for Russia to cease its military operations in Ukraine and withdraw immediately.
“It is deeply disturbing to hear reports of the growing number of dead and injured in this conflict. The heartbreaking and horrific images of civilians displaced or suffering in Ukraine speak volumes about this unfolding tragedy and underscore the consequences of the unprovoked aggression by Russia,” the statement said.
“We reiterate our call, alongside our international partners, for Russia to cease its military operations in Ukraine and to withdraw immediately and permanently to avoid a catastrophic and needless loss of innocent lives.”
Mahuta said Russia should take all possible measures to protect civilians in accordance with international law and resume diplomatic negotiations to de-escalate the conflict.
She said New Zealand would continue to monitor events closely.