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Sweden allocates largest aid package to Ukraine: Details

Sweden allocates largest aid package to Ukraine: Details Prime Minister of Sweden Ulf Kristersson (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

Sweden today, on December 11, announced the allocation of a new aid package to Ukraine worth 1.4 billion kronor (133.5 million dollars). The funds will go toward supporting the country's population during the winter period, states the Prime Minister of Sweden, Ulf Kristersson.

"At this moment, this is the largest support within Sweden's bilateral aid to Ukraine," states Kristersson.

The majority of the funds will be directed to the World Bank's Ukraine Reconstruction Trust Fund, which supports Ukraine's core infrastructure in energy, housing, healthcare, and transportation.

Money from Sweden's aid budget will also be used to purchase equipment for heating and power transmission in the Ukrainian power grid. Additionally, it will cover other forms of assistance for Ukrainians, such as supporting shelters.

Russia is attempting to make civilians' lives even more difficult

Sweden's Minister for International Development Cooperation and Trade, Johan Forssell, states that this was specifically requested by the Ukrainian side. He accuses Russia of engaging in a form of energy terrorism against Ukraine.

"Russia deliberately attacks civilian infrastructure to make the lives of the civilian population, which has already faced serious challenges, even harder," the statement reads.

He adds that through this package, Sweden aims to assist Ukraine in both building anew and reconstructing what has been destroyed.

Sweden's assistance

It was recently reported that Sweden will provide financial assistance to Ukraine. The funds will go towards the Grain From Ukraine initiative.

Additionally, Ukraine and Sweden recently discussed collaboration in innovation and the experiences gained during combat operations, as well as military aid and defense topics in general.