Sweden pledges record US$68 million humanitarian assistance to Ukraine

Sweden announced a record assistance package to Ukraine on November 13, 2022, encompassing military and humanitarian support as well as support for the rehabilitation of critical infrastructure.

Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson emphasized both the record size of the support, as well as the urgency of supporting Ukraine.

The contents of the planned military support package – involving advanced air defense weapons systems - amount to a total of nearly SEK3 billion (US$282 million). The amount is SEK1 billion (US$94 million) more than the sum of all previous military materiel support packages combined (amounting to nearly SEK2 billion, or US$188 million).

The humanitarian package is also Sweden's largest to date. It encompasses Swedish support for Ukraine and Moldova amounting to nearly SEK720 million (US$68 million). The support is intended to provide Ukrainian citizens and refugees with access to food, water and sanitation, winter equipment, blankets and heating sources. The support will also help start laying the foundations for the reconstruction of social infrastructure in Ukraine.

The emergency assistance package will be channeled through multilateral organizations and international humanitarian organizations through the following earmarked grants:

  • SEK250 million (US$24 million) to the World Food Programme;
  • SEK140 million (US$13 million) and SEK40 million (US$ 4 million) to the World Bank funds for Ukraine and Moldova, respectively;
  • SEK110 million (US$10 million) to the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation’s Ukraine Green Recovery Programme;
  • SEK50 million (US$5 million) and SEK20 million (US$2 million) to the Ukrainian and Moldovan Red Cross organizations, respectively;
  • SEK10 million (US$1 million) for mine clearance through the Danish Refugee Council; and
  • SEK100 million (US$10 million) to the Energy fund at the donor conference for Moldova.

Additionally, Sweden will continue to support Ukraine within the framework of EU membership, and intends to take part in the upcoming European Union Assistance Mission Ukraine (EUMAM). During the upcoming Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2023, the Government will give high priority to continuing support to Ukraine and maintaining strong pressure on Russia.

Press release - Government of Sweden (in Swedish)