New Zealand will send a Hercules aircraft and a 50-strong team of personnel to Europe to support Ukraine, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday. The two-month deployment includes another eight logistics specialists to be based in Germany and a further NZ$13 million (US$8.8 million) of financial support including a contribution to Britain to procure weapons and ammunition. “Our support is to assist the Ukraine army to repel a brutal Russian invasion because peace in the region of Europe is essential for global stability,” Ardern said. “Such a blatant attack on a country’s sovereignty is a threat to all of us and that’s why we too have a role to play.” South Korea rejects Ukrainian request for anti-aircraft weapons The Hercules, which is due to leave New Zealand on Wednesday, will not enter Ukraine, but will travel throughout Europe carrying equipment and supplies to key distribution centres. Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta said the deployment showed New Zealand’s commitment to broader international efforts to support Ukraine. “Supporting Ukraine’s self-defence is at a critical inflection point as we continue to respond to Ukraine’s broad range of needs and those of its people; be they military, economic, humanitarian or supporting legal international frameworks. “We also continue work at pace to continue rolling out sanctions and target those associated with Russia’s egregious actions,” she said.