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Woman sentenced to prison for skipping military service

A 20-year-old woman has been sentenced to two weeks in prison for refusing to complete her military service.

In 2005, when she was 18, the young woman in question decided apply for military service, which is voluntary for women. Her application was accepted and she was sent to participate in a training programme in western Sweden.

But by the time she was due to begin her eleven months of actual military service with Air Force Regiment 6 in Halmstad, the woman had changed her mind.

She immediately informed a regimental commander that she did not intend completing her national service.

The commander warned her of the consequences of disobeying orders and told her to retrieve her equipment from the store. But the woman refused, electing instead to explain her position to one of the commander’s superiors.

Having heard her story however an officer warned her that he would have to report her to the police if she did not do as she was told.

But the woman found the attempts to convince her ridiculous and made her way home rather than returning to the regiment.

On Tuesday, Halmstad District Court sentenced her to two weeks in prison.

NATO

Germany to boost military cooperation with Sweden and Finland amid Nato bid

Germany will ramp up its military collaboration with Sweden and Finland as the two countries seek Nato membership in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Tuesday.

Germany to boost military cooperation with Sweden and Finland amid Nato bid

“We will intensify our military cooperation, especially in the Baltic Sea region and through joint exercises,” Scholz said amid concern for the two candidates’ security during the transition period to Nato accession.

“It is already clear that our countries are bound together by an obligation to provide each other with all possible assistance and support for mutual protection” as members of the United Nations and the European Union, Scholz added.

“Both countries can always rely on our support, especially in this very special situation,” he said.

Germany has been hiking up military spending and changing decades-held policies in the wake of the war on Ukraine, which began when Russia invaded its neighbour on February 24th this year. 

READ ALSO: Zeitenwende: How war in Ukraine has sparked a historic shift in Germany

With Moscow pressing its assault in eastern border regions of Ukraine nearly three months into its invasion, Helsinki and Stockholm are poised to give up decades of military non-alignment over fears they could be next.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson confirmed on Monday her country would apply to join Nato, a day after Finland — which shares a 1,300-kilometre (800-mile) border with Russia – said the same.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose war has sparked global outrage, said the move poses “no direct threat for us… but the expansion of military infrastructure to these territories will certainly provoke our response”.

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg told a meeting of the alliance in Berlin on Sunday that it would “look into ways to provide security assurances including by increasing Nato presence in the region” during the transition period.

“Finland and Sweden are concerned about the interim period… we will try to speed up that process,” he said.

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