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NATO chief warns Russia-Ukraine conflict could last ‘for years’, PM Johnson also echoes concern

The head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jens Stoltenberg, warned on Sunday that the Russian-Ukrainian conflict could last “for years” and called on member countries to increase their military and financial support to Kyiv.

Speaking to the media on Sunday, Stoltenberg said: “We must be prepared for this to last for years. We must not weaken our support for Ukraine, even if the costs are high – not only in terms of military support. but also because of rising energy and food prices.

Stoltenberg said supplying advanced weapons to Ukraine would increase the chances of freeing its eastern Donbass region from Russian control, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported.

He further said that the costs of food and fuel are nothing compared to those paid daily by Ukrainians on the front line, adding “we would have to pay an even higher price” if Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to meet the targets. from Moscow to Ukraine.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who recently took over Kyiv, echoed similar sentiments in an op-ed in The Sunday Times of London.

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“I fear we need to arm ourselves for a long war as Putin resorts to a campaign of attrition, trying to crush Ukraine through sheer brutality.

“The UK and our friends must respond by ensuring Ukraine has the strategic stamina to survive and ultimately prevail.”

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Describing time as “the vital factor”, Johnson added: “It will all depend on whether Ukraine can build up its ability to defend its soil faster than Russia can renew its attack capability.”

(With agency contributions)

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