Ukraine: Sweden announces military aid of 1.16 billion

Ukraine: Sweden announces military aid of 1.16 billion
Ukraine: Sweden announces military aid of 1.16 billion

Sweden sends military aid of 1.16 billion euros

Published today at 10:54 a.m. Updated 1 hour ago

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Sweden promised military aid of 13.3 billion crowns, or 1.16 billion euros, to Ukraine on Wednesday, at a time when kyiv is suffering from delays in the delivery of Western equipment to Russia.

“Sweden supports Ukraine with a sixteenth aid package, its largest,” Deputy Prime Minister Ebba Busch said at a press conference.

Stockholm will in particular provide ASC890 reconnaissance radar aircraft. Ukraine will thus have “a completely new capacity for airborne radar reconnaissance and combat management against targets in the air and at sea,” according to a government press release.

These radar planes will allow Kiev “to identify approaching cruise missiles and drones, as well as targets on the ground and at sea,” said Defense Minister Pal Jonson.

The entire stock of armored vehicles

Sweden will also donate its entire stock of 302 armored personnel carriers to support the establishment of new Ukrainian army brigades. The aid package also includes Rb99 combat missiles.

Sweden also had plans to send Gripen fighter jets to Ukraine but announced on Tuesday the suspension of this project, responding to a request from partner countries to first prioritize the delivery of F-16s to Ukraine.

Stockholm also announced on Tuesday an aid plan to guarantee Ukraine’s energy supply, worth 650 million crowns (57 million euros).

Sweden plans a multi-year civil and military aid plan worth 75 billion crowns (6.5 billion euros) between 2024 and 2026, in order to support kyiv “as long as necessary”. Ukraine is the first country to benefit from Swedish aid.

“Save lives”

The new military aid promised Wednesday by Sweden to Ukraine, amounting to 1.16 billion euros, will “save lives”, welcomed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, at a time when his army is in difficulty facing Russian troops.

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“These contributions are critical for Ukraine’s defense and resilience,” said Volodymyr Zelensky on the social network long-term peace and security in Europe,” he continued.

AFP

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