Earlier this morning, deputy prime minister Richard Marles was asked about the Ukrainian counteroffensive, telling RN Breakfast their resistance has been “heroic”:
If we wind back the clock to February of this year, I don’t think anyone imagined that Ukraine would stand up in the way that they have. It has been heroic. And the news of the last few days is similar, so I don’t think there’s anything inevitable about the outcome. This needs ongoing support, and there is a very important principle at stake here. We need to be promoting a global rules-based order.
Jacinda Ardern has indicated that there are no plans for a vote on New Zealand becoming a republic…