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Swedish Ministry of Defense Tells Towns to Prepare for War With Russia

Sweden’s civil protection agency organized under the Ministry of Defense has issued an offical letter to country’s local authorities to prepare for a possible war with Russia.

Swedish municipalities are instructed to cooperate on war exercises with the Swedish army, to prepare for evacuation to underground bunkers and maintain a system of alarm sirens.

Some municipalities have complained the instructions are vague, particularly on the question of where are they supposed to get money for all of this:

The letter has provoked complaints from some municipalities that they have insufficient information on what is required and have not been provided with the necessary funding.

Jonas Hult, head of Safety and Security for the city of Malmö, told Sydsvenskan that the city still had no plans on how to distribute protective masks, vaccines, or petrol, or on how to direct people to bunkers and shelters in the event of an attack.

“Increasing war-readiness costs money, and it’s money municipalities do not have,” he said. “It’s unfortunate that the municipalities have been left in the lurch.”

But of course there are others who won’t let grumbling municipal officials get in the way of a phony war threat:

Magnus Dyberg-Ek, of the MSB, told SvD the letter had been sent out in response to an increased threat level.

“What is new is that the security situation in our region has deteriorated and that therefore we must prepare ourselves in terms of war and of conflict,” he said.

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