Now the government reveals its new arms support to Ukraine. There will be artillery ammunition – but no Archer artillery pieces, as M and KD demanded.
On Monday, the government promised a new support package of one billion Swedish kronor to Ukraine, half of which is military support.
Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson (S) and Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist (S) announced on Wednesday that it was artillery ammunition.
– The ammunition can be used directly here and now and gives Ukraine greater ability to fight the adversary directly but also behind their front line, says Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson at a press conference.
– This package will further strengthen Ukraine’s defense capabilities.
However, Sweden does not send the Archer artillery system.
It is high on Ukraine’s wish list. When Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba visited Stockholm on Monday, he specifically requested heavy artillery in the form of Archer, as well as Robot 70.
The opposition parties Moderates and Christian Democrats later demanded that Sweden send exactly this.
The Archer is a self-propelled artillery system, with eight-meter cannons mounted on trucks. It has been used by the Swedish defense since 2013.
Sweden has 48 Archer pieces and KD believes that Sweden can spare 12.
The government also assigns the Swedish Armed Forces and the Armed Forces Materiel Agency to investigate what support Sweden can provide to Ukraine in the future.
– What kind of substantial support can we provide and how should it be balanced with regard to Sweden’s own military capability, says Peter Hultqvist.
He emphasizes that Sweden has defense decisions that must be followed, where there are various parameters for weapon systems that Sweden needs to acquire in order to be able to defend the country.
This is Sweden’s seventh military support package to Ukraine. In the past, Sweden has, among other things, sent anti-tank missiles, mine clearance equipment, anti-tank weapons, machine guns and naval target robot 17.
Facts: Sweden’s military support
Since February this year, Sweden has donated defense equipment to Ukraine in five different support packages. The sixth military support package consisted of an educational effort. Swedish instructors are currently providing basic training to Ukrainian soldiers in Great Britain.
The seventh Swedish support package consists of artillery ammunition worth approximately SEK 500 million. The artillery ammunition is compatible with the artillery systems in place.
Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.
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