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Ukrainian soldiers trained at secret locations in Sweden

Four Ukrainian companies of mechanised infantry are now 'ready for the front' after they were trained by the Swedish Armed Forces.

Ukrainian soldiers trained at secret locations in Sweden
Sweden has been training Ukrainian soldiers in how to use its armoured combat vehicles. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Sweden said on Thursday it had trained Ukrainian soldiers to use the 50 CV90 infantry fighting vehicles it has donated to Kyiv.

But Stockholm did not specify how many Ukrainian soldiers it had trained.

“Due to security reasons, we will not disclose details of the scope or duration of the training at this stage,” a spokeswoman for the Swedish Armed Forces told AFP.

Four companies of mechanised infantry have been trained at secret locations around the country over the last few months, according to the Swedish TT news agency.

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Sizes of companies vary between nations and can range from a few dozen to hundreds of soldiers.

Sweden announced in January that it would be sending 50 of its armoured combat vehicles to Ukraine.

The exact model sent to Ukraine is the CV9040C, equipped with a 40 mm automatic cannon which can target a “hovering helicopter from four kilometres away”, according to the armed forces.

Some of the Ukrainian soldiers had “zero experience of combat vehicles or tanks, but many had experience with the Russian combat vehicle BMP-1,” one of the Swedish instructors said in a statement.

The Scandinavian country also pledged to send Kyiv its mobile Archer artillery system and NLAW shoulder-launched anti-tank missiles.

The following month it announced it was also sending “around 10” Leopard 2 tanks along with the IRIS-T and HAWK anti-air missile systems.

Shortly after the start of February 2022 invasion Sweden broke with its doctrine of not delivering weapons to countries at war shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, pledging thousands of AT4 anti-tank weapons.

Stockholm has gone on to promise Ukraine total military aid worth 16.9 billion Swedish kronor ($1.6 billion).

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SWEDEN AND UKRAINE

Sweden to donate 13 backup generators to Ukraine

Sweden has announced plans to send 13 diesel-powered backup generators to Ukraine as several urban hubs are suffering long periods without electricity after Russian attacks on power plants.

Sweden to donate 13 backup generators to Ukraine

The announcement comes as Ukraine’s energy ministry has stepped up imports of electricity from European countries and imposed strict rationing due to Russian attacks that have halved Ukraine’s electricity generation capacity, compared to one year ago.

The donated generators are from Sweden’s power grid authority, Svenska Kraftnät, and were scheduled to be replaced this year.

According to a government spokesman, the diesel-powered generators had capacities of between 40 and 250 kVA (kilovolt-amperes).

“The generators will for instance be able to supply a hospital with electricity or be used within the power grid to better handle outages,” energy minister Ebba Busch said in a statement.

Several cities across Ukraine were recording historic scorching temperatures this week and Ukraine’s energy ministry said Wednesday that with temperatures at their “maximum”, there would be rolling power outages across the country.

Electricity consumption is “also expected to reach a record level which significantly exceeds the capacity of Ukrainian power plants”, the ministry explained in a statement.

Last month, Kyiv urged officials to turn off air conditioners in government buildings and called on regional authorities to limit street lighting to ease pressure on the grid.

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