25 Aug 2022

NZDF not certain how many off-duty NZ soldiers are in Ukraine

From Checkpoint, 5:07 pm on 25 August 2022

The family of a Kiwi soldier killed in Ukraine have paid tribute to a man they say lived a life of a hero.

Corporal Dominic Abelen has been named as the New Zealand soldier killed on the frontline, while on unpaid leave.

The Defence Force says it does not know how many off-duty New Zealand soldiers are fighting in Ukraine.

The government is now trying to work out how get the 30-year-old's body home.

Political reporter Giles Dexter has more.