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NATO chief Stoltenberg says Russia’s war in Ukraine could last for years

Topline

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday that Russia’s war in Ukraine could last for years, but he urged countries to continue providing support to Ukraine even as the war rages on. extends for nearly four months and pushes up global food and energy prices.

Highlights

Stoltenberg told a German newspaper Bild am Sonntag “nobody knows” when the war will end, but supplying Ukraine with modern weapons would increase its chances of driving Russian forces out of the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine.

The UK Ministry of Defense said on Sunday information update that Russian and Ukrainian troops are likely to be experiencing “variable morale” in an “intense conflict” in the Donbass, with both sides carrying out shelling near the strategic eastern city of Severodonetsk.

Ukrainian soldiers probably suffered desertions, according at the Defense Ministry, but Russian troop morale is “particularly troubled” as there have been instances of entire Russian units refusing orders and armed clashes between officers and their troops.

crucial quote

Stoltenberg urged allies “not to weaken support for Ukraine, even if the costs are high, not only in terms of military aid, but also due to rising energy and food prices. food,” according to a translation by the Associated Press. “The costs of food and fuel are nothing compared to those paid daily by Ukrainians on the front lines.”

Key context

As Russia’s war in Ukraine nears its fourth month, Russia has shifted its objectives to focus on consolidating control of the entire Donbass region, which includes Donetsk and Luhansk provinces, after failed attempts to capture major cities like Kyiv due to strong resistance from Ukrainian troops. Russian-backed separatists in the Donbass region had fought Ukrainian forces for years before the invasion, taking control of large parts of the region after 2014. Intense fighting continued for days in key towns like Severodonetsk, which if captured would give control to Russia. from the whole Lugansk province.

Large number

$5.6 billion. That’s the amount of security aid the Biden administration has sent to Ukraine since invading Russia in February, Pentagon spokesman J. Todd Breasseale said in a statement to Forbes Last week. U.S. lawmakers also last month approved a $40 billion spending package that includes additional military and economic aid to Ukraine.

Chief Spokesperson

Russia has criticized NATO support for Ukraine, which is not a member of the 30-nation alliance but has expressed a desire to join. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the BBC last week that Russia had invaded Ukraine in part because of the prospect of Ukraine joining NATO, even though the Ukraine did not appear to be about to join the alliance. “We declared a special military operation because we had absolutely no other way to explain to the West that dragging Ukraine into NATO was a criminal act,” Lavrov said.

Further reading

NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg – “The war could go on for years” (Bild am Sonntag)

The United States grants Ukraine a billion-dollar military aid package including artillery and anti-ship missiles (Forbes)

With launchers and missiles from different countries, Ukraine is assembling a new anti-ship arsenal (Forbes)


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