A New Zealand Russian has been wounded fighting in Ukraine, community sources say.
The man, who has flown from the conflict wounded is being treated by the New Zealand health services.
Sources say he suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and concussion after a firefight in eastern Ukraine.
He had left New Zealand several months ago to fight with the Russian-backed separatists, which are trying to break away from the Kiev government to create separate states, or to join Russia.
"His wounds are not difficult, he was hurt by gunfire in Ukraine," a source said.
Leading members of the Russian community in Auckland were angry at attempts to contact the wounded man.
Let them be angry. Anyone who goes overseas to fight in other countries outside of the normal NZ military should answer as to their actions. Was he trained in Russia before being sent to Ukraine, as Anton Shekhovtsov alleges French extremists who headed off to fight for the Russians were? I suppose his answers would make it difficult to deny that this is a Russian invasion, maybe that's why the "leading members" were angry. And how many others are over there from this country?