Russia’s war in Ukraine could last for years and the effort requires Western support, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview published Sunday by the German publication Bild.
“We must be prepared for the fact that this may take years,” he said.
International leaders have repeatedly shown their support for Ukraine in recent days, including recommending the country join the European Union. In an interview with Germany’s DPA news agency, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the “Group of Seven” pledged to support Ukraine “as long as necessary”.
He said he wanted to discuss the issue with fellow G-7 leaders at a meeting scheduled this week, adding that they intended to disrupt Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans.
“Putin clearly hopes that everything will be fine once enough land is conquered and the international community will return to business as usual,” Scholz said. “It’s an illusion.”
Also, in the second surprise visit since the start of the war, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in Kyiv on Friday to offer continued aid and military training.
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Germany’s economy minister said on Sunday that the country would limit the use of natural gas for electricity generation amid concerns about potential shortages due to supply cuts from Russia. Robert Habeck said Germany would try to compensate for the move by increasing the burning of coal, a more polluting fossil fuel.
“It’s bitter, but it is necessary to reduce gas use in this situation,” said Habeck, a member of the environmentalist Green Party.
Russian gas company Gazprom announced last week that it was sharply reducing supplies through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline for technical reasons. Hebek said the decision appeared to be politically motivated.
Germany, which has long relied on energy imports from Russia, began to withdraw them largely because of the war in Ukraine.
– The Associated Press
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told Bild that Western support for Ukraine’s fight against Russia should remain strong.
He said, “We must spare no effort in supporting Ukraine. Even if the cost is high, not only for military aid, but also because of rising energy and food prices. But this is not a price comparison that will cost Ukrainians.” Every day has to be paid with many lives.”
Stoltenberg emphasized that while NATO is backing Ukraine with weapons and strong defenses on its eastern side, troops will not set foot in Ukraine.
He also said that there is no possibility of a nuclear attack. “We don’t see a high level of readiness in the Russian nuclear forces,” Stoltenberg said.
Sunday’s update from the British Defense Ministry on the war in Ukraine indicated morale on both sides was falling.
“Ukrainian forces are likely to be deserted in recent weeks, however, Russian morale is likely to remain particularly troubled.” The ministry tweeted, “There continue to be cases of refusal of orders from entire Russian units and of armed standoff between officers and their soldiers.”
The ministry said that on the Russian side, morale is depressed due to poor leadership and few opportunities for soldiers to walk out of combat units.
“Many Russian personnel of all ranks are also likely to remain confused about the objectives of the war,” it said. “The problems of morale in the Russian military are so significant that they are limiting Russia’s ability to achieve operational objectives.”
The EU’s executive branch on Friday recommended putting Ukraine on the path of membership, a symbolic boost for a country that is killing civilians, leveling cities and threatening its very existence.
The prospect of membership in the European Union, created to protect peace on the continent and serve as a model for the rule of law and prosperity, fulfills the wishes of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his Western-looking citizens.
The European Commission’s recommendation to make Ukraine a candidate for membership will be discussed by leaders of the 27-nation bloc in Brussels next week. The war has increased pressure on EU governments to fast-track Ukraine’s candidacy, but the process is expected to take years, and how quickly and fully the EU is ready to welcome new members. are divided.
Contribution: The Associated Press