The support to Ukraine makes a difference to the war

Swedish Armed Forces Supreme Commander, Micael Bydén, recently visited Ukraine where he met the defence minister and his Ukrainian counterpart, Valeriy Zaluznyy. He also visited the front where he met personnel from the brigade that uses Swedish materiel and has been trained by Swedish instructors.

Supreme commander on the battle field in Ukraine
Supreme commander on the battle field in Ukraine
"I have now seen for myself that our support really makes a difference in the war", says Swedish Armed Forces Supreme Commander Bydén. Photo: Swedish Armed Forces
Swedish Supreme Commander meets with Ukrainian soldiers and officers in a tent.
During his trip, Swedish Supreme Commander met with representatives of the Ukrainian defence forces, and talked to officers and soldiers. Photo: Swedish Armed Forces
Swedish supreme commander meets with Ukrainian soldiers on the battle field
The Ukrainian soldiers are pleased with the training they have received in Sweden, and impressed by the high level of quality of the materiel systems. Photo: Swedish Armed Forces

"I wanted to see for myself how the support is received on location and make sure that it really makes a difference", says Micael Bydén.

This was one of the main purposes with the trip to Ukraine – to see how artillery system Archer and combat vehicle 90 have been put to use and what effect the systems have had.

"The Ukrainian soldiers stressed that they were very pleased and grateful for the training that they have been given and they are impressed by the high quality of the materiel systems".

We will continue to support Ukraine, says Supreme Commander Bydén, but in another form, with a focus on training and military advice. 

"We have delivered efficient systems such as Archer and combat vehicle 90. Now we will have to concentrate on the supply, and to ensure that the materiel works and can be used, as concerns maintenance, spare parts and ammunition", says Supreme Commander Bydén.