War between Russia and Ukraine could last for years, warns NATO chief (Jans Stoltenberg)

On February 24, when Vladimir Putin sent Russian troops into Ukraine to crush the regime of Volodymyr Zelensky, many thought kyiv would fall within days. After more than three months of conflict and with Donbass partly under Moscow’s control, the war could last for years, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has warned German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

“We have to be prepared for (this conflict) to last for years. We must not relax our efforts and help Ukraine, even if the costs are high, not only in terms of military support but also because of rising energy and food prices. These costs are nothing compared to that paid daily by Ukrainians at the front,” said the head of the Atlantic Alliance.

Words that confirm that the fragmentation of globalization into several blocks is set to last with the imperative need for Western companies to structurally reorganize their supply chain.

NATO summit at the end of June

“Furthermore, if Russian President Vladimir Putin were to achieve his goals in Ukraine, as in the annexation of Crimea in 2014, ‘then we would have to pay an even greater price,’ Jens Stoltenberg added, urging alliance countries to continue their arms deliveries to kyiv.

“With additional modern weapons, the likelihood of Ukraine being able to repel (Vladimir) Putin’s troops from Donbass would increase,” he said.

Jens Stoltenberg, indicated earlier in the week that the allies would continue to supply Ukraine with heavy weapons and long-range systems and that he expected them to agree on a new aid program in the country at an Alliance summit scheduled for Madrid on June 28, 29 and 30.

In an interview published this week by the National Defense Magazine, an American specialized publication, General Volodymyr Karpenko, chief of logistics of the Ukrainian army, admitted that Ukraine had lost “about 50%” of its armaments. .

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Zelensky believes in victory

Nevertheless, Volodymyr Zelensky still believes in victory This Sunday, returning from Mykolaiv, a city on the Black Sea where he was visiting troops stationed near and in the neighboring region of Odessa, the Ukrainian president assured that his troops were keeping morale and were in no doubt of victory.

“We will not give the South to anyone, we will take everything back, and the sea will be Ukrainian, it will be safe,” he said in a video posted on Telegram.

A port and industrial city of almost half a million inhabitants before the war, Mykolaiv is still under Ukrainian control. But its position remains fragile not only because it is close to the Kherson region, almost entirely occupied by the Russians, but also because it remains a target of Moscow because of its strategic position. Mykolaiv is indeed on the road to Odessa, Ukraine’s largest port, 130 km to the southwest near Moldova, also still under Ukrainian control and at the center of discussions on the blocked export of millions tons of Ukrainian grain. Russia, which controls this area of ​​the Black Sea despite the firing of Ukrainian missiles against its ships, explains that the waters are mined.

In addition, fighting described as “ferocious” by the Ukrainian authorities continues near Severodonetsk, in the Donbass region, partially controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014 and including Russia, after having failed to take kyiv in the first weeks of his offensive, set himself the goal of taking full control.

Finally, the Ukrainian forces fear an offensive in the north, from Belarus where the Russian forces had started their attack.