Amidst their own NATO membership application, Sweden has announced that they will be arming Ukraine once more with Robot 17 anti-ship missile systems in another move that is evidence of their shift from a neutral country to leaning more towards the West. More so, the Ukrainians will be obtaining more from Sweden as part of the country’s new $102 million military and economic support package.

Sweden announced this last June 2, when Finance Minister Mikael Damberg and Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist revealed the package, heeding Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s call for more heavy, offensive weapons. In fact, the Swedish Government revealed that the Robot 17 missiles were a specific request from the Ukrainian Government, likely because they needed to defend their coast against the Russian blockade on the Black Sea.

“The Government has today decided on an extra amending budget with proposals that means that Sweden is assisting Ukraine with financial support and equipment as a result of Russia’s invasion. The Government proposes, among other things, that Sweden donate defence equipment in the form of the anti-ship missile robot 17, automatic rifle AG 90 and ammunition as well as an additional 5,000 armoured rounds 86,” their statement read.

“The proposals that are submitted (to parliament) mean that allocated funds for the central government budget will increase by SEK 1.0 billion ($102 million) in 2022,” the Swedish Finance Ministry stated.

As stated earlier, Sweden will also send over 5,000 anti-armor rounds rumored to be AT4 light anti-armor weapons and AG90 anti-materiel sniper rifles and ammunition. An additional $59 million (SEK 578 million) in financial aid will be going straight to the Ukrainian Central Bank. Furthermore, $6.3 million (SEK 60 million) would also be sent to NATO to help in its efforts to support the Ukrainian Armed Forces.