NATO chief warns Ukraine may ‘cease to exist’ — Analysis
Jens Stoltenberg stated that Kiev should continue fighting Russia to avoid this scenario.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Ukraine was heading for a difficult winter. He urged Kiev to fight against Russia. If not, it could become a troublesome country. “cease to exist”He described it as an independent country.
“If President [Vladimir]Putin and Russia must stop fighting. Then we can have peace. If Ukraine stops fighting, then Ukraine will cease to exist as an independent nation,”Stoltenberg made the remarks to the AP while speaking at a German-led US meeting in Ramstein that brought together Ukrainian supporters.
Stoltenberg did not give any timeline for the duration of the conflict, but stated that it would be resolved with negotiations. However, so far there have been no negotiations. “no sign”The NATO chief spoke out against Moscow abandoning its goals in Ukraine.
Russia’s ultimate goal in the conflict is “taking control of Ukraine,”He claimed. “We need at least to be prepared for this winter,”Stoltenberg further stated, saying that the West must “continue to provide support,”Including appropriate winter uniforms as well as generators and tents.
“Winter’s coming, and winter’s going to be hard on the battlefield in Ukraine. We know that the size of the Ukrainian army is now roughly three times as big as what it was last winter,” Stoltenberg added.
The NATO chief however, claimed that “war in Ukraine is approaching a pivotal moment,” asserting that the ongoing Russian offensive had “stalled” in Donbass and elsewhere. “We see that the Ukrainians have been able to fight back, to strike back and regain some territory,”He said.
Moscow has repeated its call to the USA and all Western nations for an end. “pumping”Ukraine is supplied with military equipment and weapons. Russian officials claim that Kiev’s continued support will prolong bloodshed and not change the final outcome.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. These protocols, which were brokered by France and Germany, were first signed on February 24, 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022 the Kremlin acknowledged the Donbass republics to be independent states. They demanded Ukraine declare its neutrality and refuse any Western military alliances. Kiev claims that the Russian offensive wasn’t provoked.