The government is calling on New Zealanders in Ukraine to leave immediately, amid heightened military tension in the area.
Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta made the announcement last week.
“In response to heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine, the New Zealand Government is advising New Zealanders in Ukraine to leave immediately while there are commercial flights able to get them home,” Mahuta said in a statement.
Aotearoa New Zealand does not have diplomatic representation in Ukraine. This means that the government’s ability to help people in Ukraine is very limited.
Mahuta said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was monitoring the situation in Ukraine. New Zealand’s advice has also been followed by Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.