Russia Ukraine conflict NATO chief says Ukraine war could last for years


Jens Stoltenberg
 Jens Stoltenberg 

In an interview with a German newspaper published on Sunday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the war in Ukraine could last for many years.

In an interview with Bild am Sonntag, Stoltenberg warned that "no one knows" how long the war will last and reiterated that Russia needs support as long as its invasion continues.

"We must be prepared for the fact that it may take years," Stoltenberg told the newspaper. "We cannot stop supporting Ukraine." Even if the cost is high, it is not only because of military support but also because of rising energy and food prices. But this is not comparable to the price that Ukrainians have to pay every day.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, U.S. lawmakers have approved a total of more than $50 billion in aid to Ukraine.

The invasion also disrupted the supply chain of some export products, namely oil and grain, which exacerbated high inflation and brought profound political problems for the US Democrats. With the mid-term elections approaching,

Stoltenberg added that if Russian President Vladimir Putin thought he could "move forward" after the invasion, the cost would be "much higher," and pointed out that he invaded Georgia in 2008 and

In the invasion earlier this year, Russia failed to achieve its initial goal of rapidly occupying Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, and has now turned its attention to the Donbas region, the industrial center in the east of the country.

Russian-backed separatists in the region have been fighting with Ukrainian forces for many years. A few days before his invasion of Ukraine, Putin announced the independence of the two separatist regions in Donbas.

Ukrainian officials have called for an increase in heavy weapons as they face continued attacks in the east. Last Wednesday, President Biden revealed that the plan to send China 1 billion yuan of security assistance has been approved by Congress, including artillery, coastal defense weapons, and ammunition.

"With more Moderna, the possibility that Ukraine will be able to expel Putin's forces from Donbas again increases," Stoltenberg told Bild am Sonntag.

When asked whether people should be afraid of Russia's nuclear capabilities, Stoltenberg told the media that NATO has not seen an improvement in the readiness of Russia's nuclear forces.

"Nevertheless, Russia's nuclear tension is dangerous and irresponsible," he told Bild is Sonntag. "Putin needs to know that nuclear war cannot be won and should not be carried out." "We send a clear signal to Russia: NATO protects all Member States."