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The Government of New Zealand has announced it will increase its defence commitments and provide additional military support to Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion. 

The support includes extending the ongoing infantry training efforts by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) for the Ukrainian troops, as part of the UK-led operation.

The NZDF has currently deployed two of its infantry training teams, comprising of approximately 120 personnel, in the UK.

With the latest announcement, the country has now decided to deploy one more infantry training team, consisting of nearly 66 personnel, to the UK between 30 November 2022 and 31 July 2023. 

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “The extended support builds on the package of military, diplomatic, legal, and humanitarian assistance provided by Aotearoa New Zealand since Russia’s war of aggression began in February.”

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The country has further allocated an additional NZ$1.85m ($1.13m) of funds for delivering non-lethal military supplies and equipment, which is expected to protect Ukrainian soldiers’ from the extreme cold during northern winters.

Canada has also extended an additional C$500m ($376m) military aid package to support the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

The announcement was made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia.

Trudeau said that the new funding was announced previously under the country’s Budget 2022.

The financial aid will be delivered primarily in the form of military aid, surveillance, communications equipment, fuel, and medical supplies.

In another development, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence has confirmed that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have received the delivery of M113 armoured personnel carriers (APCs), related equipment, and ammunition.

The equipment provided by Lithuania includes a total of ten 120mm mobile heavy mortars mounted on M113 APCs, and two mortars for fire control.