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UKRAINE

KEY POINTS: How has Sweden responded to Putin’s war in Ukraine so far?

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, Swedish businesses and cities, alongside the Swedish government, have responded with a range of sanctions on Russia. See the key points here.

Volvo Trucks has suspended production of trucks at its factory in Russia.
Volvo Trucks has suspended production of trucks at its factory in Russia. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

Businesses:

  • February 28th: Scania vehicle manufacturers announce that they paused delivery of vehicles and reserve parts to Russia “last week”
  • February 28th: Volvo truck makers (a separate entity from Volvo cars) halt production at its Russian factory and stop sales in Russia
  • February 28th: Volvo cars stop all sales of new cars in Russia
  • February 28th: Ericsson suspend deliveries to Russia
  • March 2nd: H&M announce that it is halting sales in Russia
  • March 2nd: Spotify announce that it is closing its Russian office and removing Russian state-sponsored content from its platform
  • March 3rd: IKEA suspend activities in Russia and Belarus
  • April 11th: Ericsson suspends all operations in Russia indefinitely

Cities:

  • February 27th: Kalmar municipality, southern Sweden, pauses partnership with twin city Kaliningrad, Russian exclave
  • February 28th: Borgholm municipality on the Swedish island of Öland pauses twin city agreement with Zelenogradsk, also situated in Kaliningrad
  • March 1st: Karlskoga municipality, central Sweden, end twin city agreement with the Russian city of Ivangorod
  • March 3rd: city of Malmö ends anti-HIV/AIDS collaboration with Kaliningrad
  • A number of other municipalities such as Lycksele in northern Sweden and Norrtälje north of Stockholm have also ended their collaborations with Russian cities

Universities:

At a press conference on March 2nd held alongside the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions (SUHF) and the Swedish Research Council, Education Minister Anna Ekström called for Swedish universities and higher education institutions to break all contact and collaboration with state-run institutions in Russia and Belarus.

“We should not have research and education collaborations which support the Russian administration,” Ekström said. She did, however, underline that individual Russian researchers should not be equated with the Russian state.

“In many education and research collaborations, there are individual contacts between researchers in Sweden, Russia and Belarus. Many in Russia and Belarus openly criticise the Russian administration’s actions, putting their lives in danger. Therefore, it is important that Russian and Belarusian researchers are not automatically equated with state institutions,” she said.

Government support:

  • March 1st: The government agrees to send 100 million kronor to Ukraine
  • February 28th: The government agrees to send military supplies to Ukraine, including anti-tank weapons and protective supplies
  • March 1st: The government agrees to send a further 500 million kronor to Ukraine
  • March 2nd: The government agrees to send medical supplies to Ukraine including face masks, ventilators, hand sanitiser and IV drips
  • March 23rd: Sweden decides to send a further consignment of anti-tank weapons and mine-clearing devices to Ukraine

Member comments

  1. As many Volvos are now made I believe in China, are these being stopped from sale to Russia too?

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SWEDEN AND UKRAINE

Sweden sends anti-ship and anti-tank missiles to Ukraine

Sweden on Thursday announced additional aid of one billion kronor ($102 million, €95 million) to Ukraine, consisting of both financial aid and military equipment including anti-ship missiles and anti-tank launchers.

Sweden sends anti-ship and anti-tank missiles to Ukraine

“We are now seeing a new phase in the Russian invasion, where (Russia) is gathering strength in eastern and southeastern Ukraine and the Ukrainian side has requested help in several areas,” Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist told reporters at a joint press conference with Finance Minister Mikael Damberg.

Damberg said the Scandinavian country would contribute 578 million kronor to the Ukrainian central bank’s fund for its armed forces, 60 million kronor to Nato’s fund to help Ukraine’s armed forces, and military equipment worth 262 million kronor.

In addition, Sweden will contribute 100 million kronor for civilian efforts through the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency.

According to a press release, the military materiel consists of Sweden’s anti-ship missile system Robot 17, which is a modified version of the US Hellfire missile system, as well as 5,000 anti-tank launchers and AG 90 assault rifles and ammunition.

“This is qualified equipment in line with what Ukraine has requested”, Hultqvist said.

In late February, Sweden broke its doctrine of not sending weapons to countries in active conflict for the first time since 1939, announcing 400 million kronor worth of military materiel and the donation of 500 million kronor to the Ukrainian central bank’s fund for its armed forces.

Sweden, along with neighbouring Finland, in May overturned decades of military non-alignment by submitting historic joint applications to join Nato, as support for membership soared in both countries after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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