The Ukrainian flag flies alongside the New Zealand flag during Anzac Day commemorations in Auckland

At the request of the RSA, the flag of Ukraine could be seen above the museum during the service. The New Zealand, Australian and Union Jack flags were also featured.

Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro also showed New Zealand’s support for Ukraine during her speech at the commemoration in Wellington.

“Anzac Day in 2022 wearies us from the stress of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and witnesses disturbing new discord around the world,” said Dame Kiro.

“We feel deeply for those who are suffering from the current conflicts. For them, the simple pleasures of ordinary life — home and family, work and friends — have been replaced by the daily struggle to keep themselves and loved ones safe. Her new reality is one of trauma, grief, and displacement.

“While there is much we cannot do as individuals, as the light of a new day spreads across Pukeahu and Aotearoa, we can choose to continue to be there for one another and for all who have been affected by war and conflict – past and present.”

Prince Charles also alluded to the conflict in a written statement.

“As we pause to reflect on the sacrifice of personnel in the armed forces of Australia and New Zealand in two world wars and in other conflicts and peacekeeping operations, our thoughts will also be with the communities around the world who are being torn apart by violence and conflict, and those who are fighting for freedom in the face of oppression,” he said.

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