Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

World

Training for war: Sweden strengthens military muscle in face of Russian aggression

They are training for war on the island of Gotland.

The Home Guard members lie on the ground firing blanks at an imaginary enemy.

Conscripts can also take part in live fire exercises.

Sweden has begun to build its defenses, and Gotland’s strategic position in the Baltic Sea affords it a crucial role.

Advertisement

The military plans to deploy 4,000 troops to the island during wartime in the next few years and to add anti-ship missiles (along with surface to air missiles) to its arsenal.



Putin warns Europe of “irreversible outcomes” – Ukraine news live

Image Home Guard members take part in a military exercise at Gotland

While the Gotland regiment was revived in 2018, it was part of the general armoury following Russia’s 2014 annexation Crimea, the war in Ukraine has intensified things.

More about the NATO

“Putin has clearly demonstrated his intent and his willingness to use military force to achieve his political goals,” says Colonel Magnus Frykvall of the Gotland regiment, who calls Russia the main threat.

“We had a plan for the island to increase its military capabilities, but we have been trying to get it done much faster since the invasion of Ukraine.”

Image: Col. Magnus Frykvall from the Gotland regiment at a military exercise held in Gotland

The invasion of Sweden on 24 February changed Sweden’s security policy. It went from neutral to eager to join NATO.

Prime Minister confirmed that the country would submit its application tomorrow along with Finland.

Many soldiers on Gotland feel it is time to join the alliance, after more than 200 years of military non-alignment.

Follow the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts. Spotify, Spreaker, Spotify.

“NATO provides high-security measures. It is more likely that we can maintain peace in Europe. Marcus Lagergren, a member the Home Guard, says that Sweden joining NATO is a great thing for Europe and Sweden.

The Russians briefly occupied Gotland in 1808 because they were also proud of its strategic location.

It is now a popular tourist destination, but it was once an important part of Sweden’s defense.

Mikael Norrby is a historian at Uppsala University.

Image Mikael Norrby, a historian, stands in a historic Second World War Fortification in Visby

It’s all about the location. Gotland is located in the middle Baltic. It’s less than 100km from the Swedish mainland. 120km to the Baltic States, Finland, and 200km to Kaliningrad. 300km down to Kaliningrad.

Many Swedes feel emotional about the decision to withdraw from NATO, despite being an existing NATO partner.

Image Conscripted Soldiers gather around an Infantry Fighting Vehicle, (IFV), during an exercise in Gotland

Goran Hoas, who is located near the military compound and farms nearby, is used to hearing gunfire.

Although he believes that Sweden should join NATO to stop it becoming isolated, he also has some red flags.

He says, “The military okay, but the nuclear no,”

Continue reading: Russia’s War in Ukraine Causes a seismic Shift in Europe’s Security

Magdalena Andersson (the country’s prime Minister) and other leaders of the party have stated that they don’t support nuclear weapons on Swedish soil.

Although the details of membership remain to be worked out, Russian aggression has changed the rules. Neutrality is no longer an option. Instead, Sweden is learning how to be military power.

Comments
Advertisement

You May Also Like

Business

The controversial Russian businessman Viktor Baturin, well-known for his years-long counterstanding with his wealthy sister Elena, widow of Moscow ex-mayor Yuri Luzhkov, is likely...

United Kingdom

Film director Ridley Scott has recalled the death of actor Oliver Reed while making the Oscar winning blockbuster Gladiator. Scott said hard-drinking Reed “just...

European Union

On April 9, 2022 Dimash Qudaibergen’s first solo concert in Germany took place in Düsseldorf. The colossal energy and the atmosphere of unity did...

United Kingdom

The Watneys Party Seven is making a comeback. The ubiquitous 70s beer was a bland fizzing bitter ridiculed by many. The drink’s insipidness helped...