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.
Regeringen har beslutat om en extra ändringsbudget med ytterligare stöd till Ukraina. Regeringen föreslår bland annat att Sverige skänker sjömålsroboten robot 17, automatgevär AG 90 och ammunition samt ytterligare pansarskott 86. Läs mer: https://t.co/wAwI7fQJYq @ForsvarsdepSv pic.twitter.com/12MUDc4tGn