Sweden to send anti-tank weapons to Ukraine in break with doctrine

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Sweden to send anti-tank weapons to Ukraine in break with doctrine
A Swedish soldier practices using the Pansarskott anti-tank weapon on an exercise. Photo: Bezav Mahmod/Swedish Armed Forces

Sweden on Sunday announced it would break its tradition of not sending arms to countries in active conflict and send military equipment, including anti-tank launchers, to Ukraine.


"My conclusion is now that our security is best served by us supporting Ukraine's ability to defend itself against Russia," Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson told reporters.

Andersson said 5,000 anti-tank weapons of the model "Pansarskott 86", a single-use anti-tank launcher known internationally as Bofors AT-4, would be sent to Ukraine.

The decision to send arms, 135,000 field rations, 5,000 helmets and 5,000 pieces of body armour is the first time Sweden has sent weapons to a country in armed conflict since the Soviet Union attacked Finland in 1939, Andersson added.

Swedish media reported that Ukraine had specifically requested the more advanced Robot-57 anti-tank system.

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"A weapons system that can strike against tanks and armoured vehicles has been requested and this is such a system," Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist said when asked about the decision.

"In addition this is a system that is easy to operate, doesn't require training and can be handled by a single soldier," Hultqvist added.

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Sweden officially abandoned its stance of neutrality at the end of the Cold War but remains officially "non-aligned" and outside military alliances.

The country is not a member of NATO, although it has been a partner to the falliance since the mid-1990s.

Swedish speakers can read the press release and watch the press conference here



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kombi_maniac 2022/02/28 08:53
i agree, never interveined in any of the other BS wars, why start with this one?
kio 2022/02/28 08:03
Madness , seven hundred years of peace , and now they want to get blown to pieces . Putin specifically told Sweden to stay out of his War , and this is defiance made by armchair Generals and Politicians . It will come. back to haunt Sweden when Putin finishes obliterating the Ukraine and enters the Baltics . This is a European War that could send Europe back to the Stone , and Sweden should not get involved .

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