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More Swedish aid to Ukraine

Published onsdag 26 november 2014 kl 19.09
Sweden's Foreign Minister laying flowers at a memorial on "Maidan".square, Photo: Gustav Sjöholm / TT
Sweden's Foreign Minister laying flowers at a memorial on "Maidan". Photo: Gustav Sjöholm / TT

On a visit to Kiev, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has announced her government will provide another SEK 10 million in humanitarian aid to Ukraine. That’s in addition to the SEK 35 million promised by the previous Swedish government.

The funding will go through United Nations agencies and will be directed at older people who have been affected by the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

“This might not sound like a large contribution,” Margot Wallström says, “but it is important with winter coming, and we can see that the need is enormous.”

At a press conference, both Wallström and her Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin expressed doubts that federalization is a solution to the problem in Ukraine. Wallström said she could see some kind of decentralization: “You could imagine making decisions on the local and regional level,” she said. “But not a federalization that many believe Russia could use to break up Ukraine.”

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