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Sweden to provide more military aid, including anti-ship missiles, to Ukraine

A Ukrainian service member inspects destroyed Russian military vehicles at his new position taken over by Ukrainian forces, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Donetsk region, Ukraine May 31, 2022. REUTERS/Dmytro Smolyenko

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STOCKHOLM, June 2 (Reuters) – Sweden will provide Ukraine with more economic aid and military equipment, including anti-ship missiles, rifles and anti-tank weapons, Finance Minister Mikael Damberg said on Thursday and Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist.

“The proposals that are being submitted (to parliament) mean that the funds allocated to the central government budget will increase by SEK 1.0 billion ($102 million) in 2022,” the Nordic country’s finance ministry said in a statement. .

“In solidarity with Ukraine, and as part of the international response to Russia’s actions, the government sees a continued need to support Ukraine,” he said.

Sweden announced in February that it would send military equipment, including 5,000 anti-tank weapons, helmets and body armor to Ukraine, and in March announced that it would send another 5,000 anti-tank weapons. Read more

($1 = 9.7963 Swedish kronor)

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Reporting by Anna Ringstrom, editing by Terje Solsvik

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