Sweden boosts navy help to Ukraine with $682 million armament package deal | EUROtoday

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Sweden stated Tuesday it might give 7.1 billion kronor ($682 million) price of navy tools to Ukraine, in a lift for the nation because it struggles to struggle off Russia’s invasion.

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“The reason we are continuing to support Ukraine is a matter of humanity and decency. Russia started an illegal, unprovoked and indefensible war,” Defence Minister Pal Jonson instructed a information convention.

The package deal will include artillery shells, air defence, boats and underwater weapons akin to mines and torpedoes in addition to coaching for Ukrainian troopers.

It marks Sweden’s fifteenth help package deal to Ukraine and is the most important but.

Previously, Sweden has despatched its Archer cellular artillery system, 50 of its CV90 armoured fight autos in addition to “around 10” Leopard 2 tanks and anti-air missile methods.

The announcement comes simply days earlier than the warfare in Ukraine enters its third yr after Russia’s invasion on February 24, 2022.

A heightened offensive in jap and southern Ukraine noticed Russia seize the important thing city of Avdiivka final week.

The Ukrainian navy additionally says it’s critically in need of ammunition and shells, worsened by the holdup of a $60 billion US help package deal.

“The situation in Ukraine is difficult”, Jonson conceded in the course of the press convention.

The Swedish authorities additionally stated the help was important to make sure the long-term safety of the Nordic nation.

Mikael Oscarsson of the Christian Democrats, a member of the coalition authorities, stated that “there would be direct consequences for our own security if Putin were to win.”