Prime Minister Ardern calles Ukraine PM

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has spoken on the phone to Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

Ardern made the phone call to offer New Zealand’s strong support for Ukraine and its people, and its total condemnation of Russia’s aggression.

Ardern said she told Shmyhal that this country considered Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attacks on his neighbour to be “unprovoked, unjustified and illegal”.

“Prime Minister Shmyhal thanked New Zealand for being one of the first countries to take swift practical action against Russia’s aggression,” Ardern said.

This week the government announced an initial $6 million to help with humanitarian in Ukraine.

During the call, the two leaders discussed what other support might be needed.

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