Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met with Ukrainian colleague

On 5 March, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist visited Ukraine. Mr Hultqvist met with President Petro Poroshenko and his Ukrainian defence minister colleague Stepan Poltorak. During the meetings, deepened bilateral defence cooperation between the countries was discussed.

Minister of Defence Peter Hultqvist and the Ukrainian Minister of Defence Stepan Poltorak
During the visit to the Ukrainian capital Kiev on 5 March, Mr Hultqvist met the Ukrainian Minister of Defence Stepan Poltorak. Photo: Marinette Nyh Radebo / Government Offices of Sweden

During the visit to the Ukrainian capital Kiev on 5 March, Minister for Defence Peter Hultqvist met with the Ukrainian Minister of Defence Stepan Poltorak. Peter Hultqvist also had a meeting with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.

Discussions were held on greater involvement of Sweden in promoting the issue of deploying a UN peacekeeping mission in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Since 2015, Canada's military training and support mission in Ukraine, Operation UNIFIER, has been under way. The Swedish Armed Forces plans to conduct similar training support activities in Ukraine within the framework of Operation UNIFIER. From September, the Swedish Armed Forces intends to have personnel on site under Operation UNIFIER to assist with the training of military police and soldiers for amphibian and mechanised units, and training in ammunition management, the environment and gender.