25 Aug 2022

Soldier killed in Ukraine named

From Morning Report, 8:11 am on 25 August 2022

The New Zealand soldier killed in Ukraine has been named.

He was Dominic Abelen from the Royal NZ Infantry Regiment's 2/1Battalion based in Burnham and was fighting in Ukraine while on leave without pay.

RNZ understands he was shot in the chest and killed while attacking a Russian trenchline in the east of the country. People who knew him say he was highly thought of in his corp and as a fighter in Ukraine.

Aaron Wood is a former soldier and co- founder of No Duff - a volunteer Veterans group providing immediate welfare assistance to past and present members of the NZD.

He spoke to Susie Ferguson.