Published 26 January 2023 at 16.17
Domestic. The Sweden Democrats are now demanding that Sweden send the Leopard 2 tank to Ukraine as soon as possible.
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– Tanks are absolutely necessary to be able to regain terrain and that is what Ukraine needs, says Sven-Olof Sällström (SD), defense policy spokesperson and vice chairman of the defense committee, to Ekot.
< p>Sällström believes that the government should immediately task the Armed Forces to probe the possibility of contributing Swedish tanks. He also believes that Leopard should be sent “as soon as possible”.
But according to Defense Minister Pål Jonson (M), Sweden will not send any Leopard wagons to Ukraine at the moment. However, he does not rule out that it could happen in the future.
Stridsvagn 122 is the Swedish version of the German Leopard 2 tank. The tank has been named by the Discovery Channel as the best heavy tank of all time.
< p>The tank is armed with a 12-centimeter cannon, two 7.62-millimeter machine guns and a smoke thrower battery. The cannon uses armor-piercing projectiles and explosive grenades, which can engage targets at a distance of up to 4,000 meters.