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Britain and Sweden join drone coalition to assist Ukraine

Britain and Sweden join drone coalition to assist Ukraine Rustem Umerov, Minister of Defense of Ukraine (Photo: Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Daria Shekina

Sweden and the United Kingdom have announced that they are joining the recently formed drone coalition. This coalition was previously established by Ukraine and Latvia, according to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

In particular, the Minister of Defense of Sweden, Pål Jonson, announced this decision during the meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group on January 23.

The United Kingdom also declared its intention to join the coalition and become its co-leader along with Latvia.

The drone and EW (electronic warfare) coalition was established by Ukraine and Latvia. The decision was made during the visit of the Minister of Defense of Latvia, Andris Spruds, to Kyiv. Now, the coalition includes four participating countries.

Technology should be at the forefront of warfare

According to the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine for Digital Development, Digital Transformation and Digitalization, Kateryna Chornohorenko, the focus in warfare should be on technologies, not people.

She emphasized that the drone coalition would be another step towards realizing this idea, ultimately saving many lives.

"Strengthening and developing the production of unmanned systems will allow us to transform the army and make advanced technologies a reality today," she said.

Chornohorenko had previously presented Ukraine's need for unmanned systems, radio-electronic warfare tools, and technologies to protect critical infrastructure to the coalition partners.

Drone coalition

In early December, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Rustem Umerov, and his Latvian counterpart, Andris Spruds, discussed the creation of a drone coalition.

Within a month, Spruds announced that around twenty countries would join the drone coalition initiated by Latvia, assisting Ukraine in the form of drone technology.