Last week, the war in Ukraine entered its third year. With that, debaters demanded, among other things, increased military support for Ukraine and tougher sanctions against Russia. Photo: President of Ukraine. Source: Flickr.

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Week 8: Debaters demand increased support for Ukraine

Last week it was two years since Russia began his full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which characterized the Swedish opinion pages. Several debaters believed that Sweden, the EU and the world must do more to end the war. 

The war in Ukraine has had enormous global consequences. It has, for example, affected food security and energy prices, while being followed by massive disinformation campaigns. This is pointed out by Josep Borrell, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Dmytro Kuleba, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, in a debate article in Dagens Nyheter.

- The war and its consequences thus affect all countries. A victory for Russia would send a very dangerous message that "the strongest rule", they write.

They call on all peace-seeking countries to stand behind Ukraine's proposed peace plan - which is not only about ending the fighting, but also includes proposals to strengthen, among other things, food and energy security and human rights.

- This plan is the only serious peace proposal that has been put forward, write the debaters.

Dagens Nyheter's editorial board believes that support for Ukraine is not only about solidarity with a country that has been subjected to a war of aggression - but that it is also about Sweden's own security. The editors point to the threat from Russia, and that Sweden is part of Russia's immediate area and is thus in the risk zone for Putin's aggressions.

- Therefore, the Swedish Armed Forces are emptying their stores to support Kiev. We have time to replenish them - Ukraine needs weapons and ammunition immediately, they write.

Alexandra Ivanov Hökmark, Rutger Brattström and Anton Lindblad from Timbro argue among other things, to increase military support to Ukraine, tighten sanctions against Russia, and use Russia's frozen assets to support Ukraine's war effort and reconstruction.

- If Russia is forced to fine 300 billion euros for the war in Ukraine and the murder of Alexei Navalny, the game plan changes, they write in Svenska Dagbladet.

Aftonbladet's lead writer Susanna Kierkegaard is critical of EU countries continuing to finance the Russian war chest in various ways - including by importing gas from Russia.

- Vi can be proud to have supported Ukraine for two years. It must not fail now, she writes.

The war in Ukraine

"Europe and the world depend on Ukraine's victory"

Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs affairs and security policy and Vice President of the European Commission; Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dagens Nyheter

It is in our interest that Putin is stopped in Ukraine

The editorial staff, Dagens Nyheter

"Let Russia fine 300 billion euros"

Alexandra Ivanov Hökmark, deputy manager, Timbro; Rutger Brattström, project manager in ideology, Timbro; Anton Lindblad, project manager in EU affairs, Timbro, Svenska Dagbladet

We buy Russian gas as if the invasion didn't happen

Susanna Kierkegaard, editorial writer, Aftonbladet  

Ukraine's cause is ours - as long as it takes

Andreas Gustavsson, editorial writer, Dagens ETC

The war in Ukraine shows that accessibility is a matter of life and death

Jörgen Lundälv; Docent in social work and disability researcher at the University of Gothenburg; Per Olof Larsson, Member Participation Power Freedom of Movement (DHR); Robert Kindberg, Ombudsman DHR; Everything

Putin is betting on 2024 – after that many Russian curves point in the wrong direction

Oscar Jonsson, editorial writer, Dagens Nyheter

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