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Ukraine conflict won’t end soon – NATO — Analysis

The bloc’s secretary general says Ukraine’s counter-offensives do not promise an end to the hostilities

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine will not be ending any time soon, despite Kiev’s “effective” counter-attack against Moscow’s troops, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg claims.

Speaking to BBC Radio on Friday, the NATO chief said that it is “extremely encouraging to see that Ukrainian armed forces have been able to take back territory and also strike behind Russian lines.”

However, he stressed it is important to understand that “this is not the beginning of the end of the war, we have to be prepared for the long haul.”

Stoltenberg’s comments come after Russia announced the withdrawal of its troops from several settlements in northeastern Ukraine, including the city of Izium. Moscow claims the move was made to reinforce Donetsk’s forces, but Kiev celebrated its victory.

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Last week, Stoltenberg warned that Ukraine could “cease to exist” as an independent nation unless it continues its fight against Russia, which, he claims, wants to “take control of Ukraine.”

According to the secretary general, Western countries should continue supporting Kiev with more military assistance, adequate uniforms and generators.

Moscow has repeatedly urged the West to stop “pumping” Ukraine with weapons and other military hardware, insisting that it will only serve to prolong the bloodshed without changing the outcome of the conflict.

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