On Thursday last week, Ukraine was invaded by Russia. The situation is the worst in Europe since World War II. Sweden is now assisting Ukraine with defensive weapons.
Early on Thursday morning Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military to carry out a special military operation against Ukraine. Attacks on most Ukrainian cities have taken place, injuring and killing several hundred civilians. The number of people who have been forced to flee is unclear, however according to FN it was over 500 people at the beginning of the week.
Sweden has decided to send 5 armored shots to Ukraine, despite Swedish practice not to send weapons to a country in armed conflict.
- My conclusion is that our security best benefits from the fact that we now support Ukraine's opportunities to defend itself against Russia, said Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson (S) in a press conference on Sunday.
Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, both the EU and NATO have imposed sanctions on Russia that will have a negative impact on Russia's economy. Putin says that in addition to this, NATO has made "aggressive statements" against Russia. Therefore, he has ordered military units with nuclear weapons capability to increase preparedness.