NATO fears war in Ukraine will last ‘months or even years’ | War in Ukraine

We have to be realistic and understand that it can take a long time, many months or even years. This is why we must also be ready for the long term in our support for Ukraine, maintaining sanctions or strengthening our defensesespecially on Ukraine’s eastern flank, he said.

Even if the Russian offensive is focusing on the east of the country, NATO does not see no indication that Russian President Vladimir Putin has given up taking control of the whole of Ukrainian territory, he argued.

Russia recently withdrew its troops from the kyiv region and Cherniguiv, after saying two weeks ago that it wanted to “focus its efforts on the liberation of Donbass”, a partially controlled area of ​​eastern Ukraine. by pro-Russian separatists since 2014. However, many fear a simple strategic retreat.

For the next few weeks, NATO expects Russian troops to attempt to seize the entire Donbass region and create a bridge to Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014.

Whatever the date of the end of the war, it will have long-term implications for our security, underlined Mr. Stoltenberg. Because we have seen the brutality. We have seen President Putin’s willingness to use military force to achieve his goals.

And it will change the reality of security in Europe for many, many years. »

A quote from Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary General

On Monday, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the war had entered a “new phase” that could last for months or more.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also insisted on the unity shown by the countries of the Alliance, speaking to the media alongside Mr. Stoltenberg, a little later on Wednesday.

We will do three things if Russia continues its aggression against Ukraine: continue to support the Ukrainians, continue to exert extraordinary pressure on Russia and strengthen the defense of the Alliancehe argued, echoing Mr. Stoltenberg’s comments.

Today, tomorrow, we will continue to talk about not only how we can sustain these efforts, but also how we can expand them.he specified.

Support for other partners vulnerable to Russian pressurein particular Georgia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, which are not members of the organization either, will also be on the menu for discussions, according to the NATO site.

The partners, who will later be joined by their counterparts from Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, as well as the High Representative of the European Union, will also look into the increasing retreat of authoritarian powers against the rules-based international order.

The withdrawal of Russian troops from the suburbs of the capital has brought to light tragic scenes, particularly in Boutcha, earning Moscow charges of war crimes by the international community. Other suburbs of the liberated region of Kyiv also revealed massive destruction, for example in the village of Borodianka.

The Czech Republic reportedly delivered tanks to Ukraine

During their two-day meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, the foreign ministers of the Atlantic Alliance are due to discuss the follow-up to the strategy to be adopted to support Ukraine in its fight against the invader Russian, in particular by the delivery of additional armaments.

In addition to the defense systems already provided by Western countries, Ukraine is asking for tanks and combat aircraft, among other things.

Reuters and the the wall street journal reported on Tuesday that the Czech Republic, a NATO member, had already delivered Soviet-designed T-72 tanks to Ukraine. It would be the first time that a foreign country would supply tanks to Ukraine in this way.

Channel CT24, linked to Czech public television, had reported the news the day before, adding, as did Reuters, that the Czech Republic had also delivered BVP-1 infantry fighting vehicles.

CT24 tweeted images of tanks and vehicles at a train station.

the the wall street journal specifies that the shipment of weapons was done on the sly, and the Czech Minister of Defense has also refused to confirm or deny the information.

I’m sorry, I can’t tell you more. The war is raging and we won’t make it easy for killers with the letter ”Z”tweeted Defense Minister Jana Cernochova. We are sending essential military equipment to our Ukrainian friends, and we will continue to do sodid she say.

According to Reuters, Czech public television claimed that the delivery was a gift made with the agreement of NATO allies.

The Czech Republic and Slovakia also plan to use their military-industrial facilities to repair damaged Ukrainian military equipment.

The two countries have confirmed that they have received a request to this effect from Ukraine.

The Czech Ministry of Defense spoke of ongoing discussions, while that of Slovakia said that any repairs would be carried out by companies […] private.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who renounced his request to see his country join the ranks of NATO, called in vain for the establishment of a no-fly zone. Members of the Alliance say they fear an escalation that would cause a Third World War.

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