Sweden has re-militiarised an old Cold War frontier base to combat what it believes to be a rising threat from Russia.
Paul Adams reports from the remote island of Gotland and asks Sweden’s Supreme Commander why he is so worried.
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Most certainly Russia, it’s not even a competition. Russia possesses one of the strongest military in the world and while the invasion and occupation of a foreign country is costly by nature, Russia can accomplish that with relative ease.
Sweden on the other hand is a fairly small country of 9.8 million with a mediocre military strength even for it’s size. It’s actually in a bit of a decline. Historically Russia and Sweden have fought 12 wars between 1495-1809 and Russia won the majority of them mainly because it’s a much larger country. The Swedes did put up a good fight but the country today is nothing like the Swedish Empire of 1611–1721.
And today the gap in military strength between the two nations is much bigger:
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The conscription rates are about the same for both countries at about half the total population. But Swede’s available manpower is 5% that of Russia’s (4 million vs 70 million)
Of course number isn’t everything when considering manpower. Although Russia has a much bigger budget, the Swedish and Russian army are about equal where training is concerned. Moral and combat experience should go to Russia however.
Sweden has a very small air force in my opinion, even for it’s size and budget:
Total size of the Swedish Air Force is about 6% of Russian Air Force. They have a competent fighter wing made of the Saab Gripen JAS-39 which is outclassed by Russian counterparts. A minuscule fleet of Agusta A-109 attack helicopters form the ground attack capability. There is currently no strategic bomber force to my knowledge. The Swedish Air Force ’s offensive capability is laughable by comparison.
Recently the Swedes have had sporadic confrontations with Russian aircraft operating over the Baltic Sea, usually involving interceptions and other aggressive behavior by the Swedes. The need for a strong air defense isn’t lost on the Swedish government, and they do have one relative to the other aspects of their military strength.
Aside from that, amphibious fighting vehicles (AFV) like the BV-206 numbering 2,470 comprise the body of their ground forces.
The Swedish military does have a small number of relatively modern assets , but doesn’t maintain enough of them to make a difference in such a conflict.
Sweden’s annual defense budget stands at 6 billion, 13% of Russia’s 46.6 billion.
A couple of decades ago, Sweden had a strong military. Its air force was solid, its navy had dozens of ships and submarines, and artillery guarded the coastlines from a multitude of secret mountain hideaways.
Now, after a number of fatal decisions, based on the belief that wars in Europe were a thing of the past, most of its military is gone and Sweden has virtually no means of protecting itself. They don’t seem to take national defense seriously.
It really depends on what you mean by “win”.
A few basic things are pretty evident, however.
- Russia can completely cripple Sweden through use of nuclear weapons or inflict some serious harm by launching missiles with conventional warheads.
- Russia definitely cannot disable Swenden’s capability to defend itself with an aerial campaign of just bombers and missiles with conventional payload.
- Unless Swedish defence forces are completely annihilated, any ground landing in Sweden is hopeless as Swedish armed forces (all branches) are specifically equipped and trained for counter-landing operations. The coastline is also a horror for landing. The Russian Baltic fleet (as well as all other Russian fleets) is ALSO designed, trained and equipped for coastline defence and area interdiction, not a landing of any size. Baltic fleet’s landing crafts are 2 Large Landing ships, capable to bring 10 tanks and 340 soldiers ashore each and 4 small landing ships, capable to bring a quarter of that number. So the whole Baltic Fleet can land around 12–20 tanks and around a brigade of troops at the same time. Even if unopposed at sea, that is evedently an insufficient force for an invasion. A loss of even one ship has the potential to cripple even that limited capacity. In short, a sea invasion into Sweden is out of the question.
- Sweden cannot harm Russia on Russian territory in any significant way at all.
Bottom line: Russia can nuke Sweden or perform a terror missile strikes campaign. It cannot occupy or even seriously disable Sweden without use of nuclear weapons. Sweden cannot harm Russia directly, but can blockade all traffic to Russian Baltic ports. That would be EXTREMELY costly for Russia, probably way more costly that any Russian missile strikes would cause to Sweden.
So, the only possible war scenario between Sweden and Russia: Sweden blocks Russia-bound traffic in the Baltic. Russia nukes Sweden. US and Europe nuke Russia. Russia nukes US and Europe, China nukes whoever. End of the world.
Winning is all about having a goal and reaching that goal.
Thus in a war between two countries there are four outcomes:
A and B both ‘win’ by reaching their war goal.
Only A wins by reaching it’s war goal.
Only B wins by reaching it’s war goal.
Neither A or B reach their war goal.
If there are no force restrictions Russia can simply destroy sufficient amount of Swedish military assets with nuclear weapons so that Sweden will be completely unable to resist militarily. Most likely even use of one nuclear device might prompt Sweden to surrender.
If Russia decides it does not authorize use of nuclear weapons then they will have a lot harder time invading Sweden because there is no land route to Sweden. They would have to solely rely on navy and air forces and if those did not suffice for their war goal then they would be forced to carry out an invasion to Sweden.
Sweden is one of the few countries that has the capacity to develop their own fighter craft. While Sweden’s ground army may not be large or fully prepared for a full scale land war, having to commit to a landing will similarly reduce Russia’s capacity to bring large numbers of troops to Sweden, not least because Sweden’s terrain is easy to defend, there are archipelagos on their shorelines and they not only have very advanced land based anti-ship missiles that are constantly being moved they also have a respectable naval force and they have very modern stealth ships as well as some of the world’s best and stealthiest submarines, five of them. And they have several minelayer ships to lay mines on all the approach routes.
These assets will make any landing operation very risky.
And they have very good anti-air defenses and a capable modern air forces, so even gaining air superiority would be a difficult task for Russia’s air forces, Russia does not have any real stealth aircraft.
There is no scenario where Russia is able to simply invade and conquer Sweden with conventional forces, except for a scenario where they would keep fighting a total war of attrition for years wearing down Sweden, all the while with the entire rest of world not intervening and ignoring it all.
And if you were thinking about land route to Sweden, Norway is a Nato country and Finland’s army solely exists to wear down and fight back Russian invasions. Finland also has in reserves 900,000 people with military training and an active reserve of 230,000 troops with modern equipment.
Russia could simply never ensure a land based supply route to Sweden. Just pushing through Finland or Norway are beyond any feasible scenario. Finns were able to stop Soviet Union during Winter War with mere rifles and Molotov’s cocktails and they stopped the best Red Army had to offer during 1944.
Today some of the equipment and many of the troops Sweden and Finland have are better than what Russia have.
If Russia is willing to risk World War III then they can conquer Sweden. Even in the mildest possible scenario trying to take Sweden would mean massive international sanctions and if West decided to close Russia out of SWIFT or so, it would devastate Russia’s economy. In worst case West might be able to persuade China to join in on the sanctions while also supporting Sweden militarily and otherwise.
Everyone likes Sweden. No one would stand by.
Perhaps, the right question to ask is how long would Sweden be able to hold up before declaring an unconditional surrender.
Russia has the 2nd most powerful armed forces in the world, armed with top of the line tanks, air crafts and conventional and nuclear missiles.
Considering that Russia won’t be using its nuclear weapons (it doesn’t have to), a couple of decapitation strikes on strategic Swedish military, power, and government infrastructures, followed by massive cyber attacks to cripple communication in Sweden would be all that would be required for Russia to bend Sweden to its knees.
Of course, its a hypothetical situation. Russia has no reason to attack Sweden, and Sweden is not stupid enough to instigate Russia.
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This is a record of Sweden’s outcomes at the FIFA World Cup. The FIFA World Cup, Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup. However, as a rule, alluded to just as the World Cup. World Cup is a worldwide affiliation football rivalry challenged by the men’s national groups of the individuals. From Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the game’s worldwide overseeing body. The title has been granted like clockwork. Since the principal competition in 1930, aside from in 1942 and 1946, because of World War II.
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The competition comprises of two sections. The capability stage and the last stage (authoritatively called the World Cup Finals). The capability stage, which presently happens over the three years going before the Finals. And is utilized to figure out which groups meet all requirements for the Finals. The present arrangement of the Finals includes 32 groups seeking the title. At scenes inside the host country. (or countries) over a time of about multi-month.
The World Cup Finals is the most generally seen donning occasion on the planet With an expected 715.1 million individuals. Viewing the 2006 competition last. Sweden is one of the most more effective national group ever of World Cup. It has participated 4 semi-finals and getting to be sprinters up on home ground in 1958. They have been available 11 out of 20 World Cups by 2014. They will show up at the finals in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
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The endure to locate England’s World Cup destiny is over as the long-awaited round-of-16. Installation amongst England and Colombia arrives. The champ faces Sweden or Switzerland in the quarter-finals.
In the midst of a flood of energy, England extremely inspired in their initial two gathering matches. Harry Kane’s late header against Tunisia anchored three points. Before his hat-trick in the 6-1 triumph over Panama put him best of the brilliant boot list. Britain field a debilitating side against Belgium. And an Adnan Januzaj objective was sufficient to give Belgium triumph. That implied England completed second in Group G.
E ngland’s 2018 squad will play Colombia today in the last 16 of the World Cup.
The Three Lions return off the of a last-wheeze win against Tunisia. A whipping Panama and thrashing to Belgium in the gathering stage.
At the point when Gareth Southgate uncovered his 23-man squad in May. A great part of the emphasis arrived on Adam Lallana. The enormous name exclusion, who needed to manage with the backup list.
Yet, Southgate accepts, with any semblance of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. His young England squad offers a lot of consolation.
“I trust this is a squad which we can be amped up for,” said Southgate. “We have a great deal of vitality and physicality in the group. However, players that are similarly agreeable to possessing the ball. Plus I figure individuals can see the style of play we’ve been hoping to create.
“It is a youthful gathering, however with some extremely vital senior players. So I feel the adjust of the squad is great, both regarding its experience. Its character and furthermore the positional adjustment.”
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The second day of quarterfinal matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will feature young England against upstart Sweden, and Croatia against host Russia, with the winners to face one another in the tournament’s semifinals alongside Friday’s winners France and Belgium.
England, which finished second behind Belgium in Group G, escaped the Round of 16 with a penalty shootout victory over Colombia, erasing decades of misfortune in World Cup penalty kicks. The 1966 World Cup winner, captained by the tournament’s leading scorer Harry Kane, now faces Sweden, probably outside of host Russia the least likely of the teams to reach the final eight. The Swedes were the surprise winners of a Group F that included defending champ Germany, Mexico and South Korea, and then got to the quarterfinals by topping Switzerland 1-0 in the Round of 16.
Saturday’s second game pits Russia, by far the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, hoping to continue its improbable run against Croatia, one of only three teams to win all three games in its group (and its Group D was the toughest, with Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland). Russia and Croatia both needed Round of 16 penalty-kick shootouts to secure their berths in this game, with Russia stunning Spain and Croatia stopping Denmark.
The winners of Saturday’s games play one another in the semifinals Tuesday at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT (live on Fox and Telemundo). The winner will play the winner of Tuesday’s France-Belgium showdown in the final July 15.
Both matches Saturday will be available to watch live in the U.S. on the main Fox broadcast network — England-Sweden at 10 AM ET/7 AM PT in Samara and Croatia-Russia at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT in Sochi — as well as on Telemundo. The games will also be available for live stream for authenticated users on Foxsports.com and the Fox Sports app. On the Telemundo side, matches will be available via Telemundo Deportes En Vivo and NBC Sports; the Telemundo stations’ apps; and across mobile, tablet and most connected TV devices.
For those who have access to Hulu, games are available with Live TV via Fox, Fox Sports 1 and Telemundo. The matches will also be available live on Fox and FS1 to subscribers to DirecTV while Sling TV will have live matches on FS1. YouTube TV will offer all games live in U.S. markets in English and Spanish through Fox, Telemundo and NBC Universo, and the YouTube TV cloud DVR feature is available to record matches.
Social media platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter will offer recaps and highlights.
In the UK, where England-Sweden will be of paramount interest, the BBC is sharing rights to the tournament with ITV – the event is protected by “crown jewels” rules, meaning that it must air on free-to-air networks.
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World Cup quarter-finals: England defeats Sweden, Croatia defeats Russia
THE incredible weight of expectation didn’t hurt England as it continues to climb towards the World Cup final.
Fans erupted and screamed out the now iconic “it’s coming home” catchphrase as England swept aside Sweden 2-0 to move into the semi-finals.
It will face Croatia after it defeated Russia in a penalty shootout.
Russia ruined in dramatic Cup shootout
The World Cup ended in tears for Russia. Source:Getty Images
Russia’s fairytale is over, suffering the ultimate heartbreak as it went down in a penalty shootout against Croatia.
The two sides couldn’t be split after 120 minutes as the match ended in a 2-2 draw and it was Croatia who held its nerve best.
Russian Fyodor Smolov had his opening spot kick saved then Mario Fernandes — who scored a last-gasp equaliser deep into extra time to keep the host nation alive for that little bit longer — dragged his penalty wide.
Croatia’s Mateo Kovacic gave the Russians a sniff when his effort was saved but four of his teammates made no mistake from the spot as Ivan Rakitic sealed the win when he buried the ball into the back of the net.
Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov lamented that luck had turned against the hosts. “Luck was against us,” Cherchesov said. “My guys feel like conscript soldiers whose term of service was over just when they were preparing to go into battle.
“They still want to fight that war.”
Cherchesov said he knew “from the first second that I put this team together how far we could go”.
“People not only started to believe in us, but the whole nation loves us now,” he said.
The Russian stars were devastated. Source:AFP
Russia showed tremendous fighting spirit to come back from the brink after originally taking the lead courtesy of a stunning Denis Cheryshev goal in the first half. After a dour opening 30 minutes where neither side had any genuine chances on target the Russian striker brought the match to life with a piece of individual brilliance.
He won the ball 10m into opposition territory and combined with Artem Dzyuba, who gave him the ball back after a neat one-two. Cheryshev took a touch then unleashed an unstoppable curling effort into the top corner to send Russia up 1-0.
“Oh, my word. That is quite something,” the commentator said. “The boy is a star and Russia rises to him.
“Did that really happen?”
But the joy didn’t last long. Less than five minutes later Ivan Perisic flicked the ball on to Mario Mandzukic, who found space on the left flank and crossed into the box. Andrej Kramaric was waiting and his header was on the money to square things up at 1-1.
Croatia came desperately close to taking the lead on the hour mark when, after a goalmouth scramble following an aerial ball from Kramaric, the ball fell at the feet of Ivan Perisic. With bodies everywhere he squeezed a shot out that looked destined to hit the net but instead it hit the inside of the back post, then rebounded agonisingly along the goal-line before going out for a corner.
Croatia go agonisingly close! How did this stay out? #RUSCRO #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/IyyCAKlL5V
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Russia’s best moment of the second half came after 71 minutes when Fernandes leapt up for a header only for his effort to sail over the crossbar.
Disaster struck for Croatia when goalkeeper Danijel Subasic went down with a hamstring injury with a few minutes remaining in regular time. Complicating the matter was the fact Croatia had already made all three of its allotted substitutions, so no new shot-stopper could come on to replace Subasic before full-time.
Fortunately Subasic was able to stay on the pitch and he resumed between the posts when the match went into extra time following the 1-1 scoreline after 90 minutes.
Domagoj Vida sunk Russian hearts when he put Croatia ahead with a powerful header from a corner to make it 2-1 in the first stanza of added time, forcing Russia to go on the offensive.
The hosts pushed forward as the home fans roared in support. Subasic was forced to make two impressive saves and it looked like Russia would be denied at every turn.
But with five minutes to play Fernandes got on the end of a free kick just outside the box to head home an equaliser and send the entire country into raptures.
Unfortunately, the comeback didn’t have a happy ending as tears of jubilation were replaced by tears of joy following the penalty shootout.
Croatia wins penalty shootout
1. Fyodor Smolov — SAVE: Subasic saves a delicate chip that went horribly wrong.
2. Alan Dzagoev — GOAL
3. Mario Fernandes — MISS: Fernandes dragged his penalty wide
4. Sergei Ignashevich — GOAL
5. Daler Kuzyayev — GOAL
1. Marcelo Brozovic — GOAL
2. Mateo Kovacic — SAVE
3. Luka Modric — GOAL
4. Domagoj Vida — GOAL
5. Ivan Rakitic — GOAL
English Cup hopes surge
Harry Maguire saved the day. Source:Getty Images
After ending up on the softer side of the draw, the pressure mounted on England to make a deep run in the World Cup.
Those expectations haven’t deterred the young squad, which continued to rise to the occasion and it did it against one of the stingiest defensive teams left in the tournament.
Through its opening four games Sweden had only conceded two goals, but it couldn’t contain England who ran away with the contest 2-0 to book its place in the semi-finals for the first time since 1990 and only the third time in history.
The contest got off to a dour start with both sides prepared to feel out the game and not genuinely prepared to make any serious pushes towards goal.
After 30 minutes the deadlock was broken when England turned to its proven method throughout the World Cup — set pieces.
A corner was put in the perfect position and Harry Maguire rose high to rocket his header into the back of the net.
“It has an extraordinary percentage of goals from these restarts, the dead-ball situations. And it might just take England all the way,” commentator Martin Tyler said.
Maguire’s goal was his first ever at international level and couldn’t have come at a better time for England.
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England then had an attempt to double its lead right before the halftime break, but some brilliant defensive work kept it at bay.
As the second half got underway and with its back against the wall, Sweden came out firing and almost levelled proceedings.
A cross into the box found the head of Marcus Berg who saw his attempt saved in stunning fashion by English keeper Jordan Pickford.
Unfortunately all that early attempt seemed to do was fuel the fire for England who proceeded to go on the offensive and it didn’t take long before it hit the scoreboard again.
A brilliant chip from Raheem Sterling found Dele Alli behind the defence with Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen no chance of stopping the header.
Right I’m all in . It’s coming home
— Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) July 7, 2018
English goalkeeper Jordan Pickford secured his first clean sheet of the tournament and was the clear standout for England in the pivotal encounter.
Every time Sweden surged towards goal and hit the target, Pickford emerged and swatted the attempts away.
Fans were quick to call for the 24-year-old to be knighted for his heroic efforts in keeping England’s Cup hopes alive.
England and Croatia are both through to the semi-finals of the World Cup.
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