NATO foresees a difficult winter with a “war of attrition” and guarantees support to kyiv

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg anticipated a difficult winter on Tuesday with a war of “attrition” on Ukrainian territory, provoked by Russia, and advocated long-term support for Ukraine to establish itself as “sovereign and independent.” .

“Winter is coming and it is going to be difficult and what we see now is a war of attrition. This is a battle of wills and a battle of logistics, so we must maintain our long-term support for Ukraine in order for Ukraine to prevail as a sovereign and independent nation,” Stoltenberg declared.

Speaking at the second “Crimean Platform” summit, a diplomatic dialogue forum launched by kyiv to coordinate the international response to Russia’s 2014 occupation of the region, the leader of the Atlantic Treaty Organization North (NATO) stressed that “a strong, stable and independent Ukraine is essential for Euro-Atlantic security.”

After the Allies agreed last June on a reinforced package of assistance to Ukraine for the acquisition of fuel, food, medical supplies, protected military equipment and secure communications, as well as equipment to combat, for example, chemical and biological threats, Jens Stoltenberg revealed that the Atlantic Alliance now has “more than a dozen new projects in preparation for the winter.”

“NATO has been with Ukraine for all three decades of independence. Now we are with Ukraine and we will be as long as it takes, ”she assured.

In the event held by videoconference, which brought together world leaders and international organizations today, Stoltenberg also pointed out that, with the annexation of Crimea eight years ago by Russia, it has become “one of the most militarized areas in Europe.”

Furthermore, Russia “used it as a launching pad for a full-scale invasion of Ukraine six months ago,” the NATO secretary-general continued.

The “Crimean Platform” is a diplomatic initiative promoted by Ukraine and its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, which aims to be an international coordination mechanism after the annexation in 2014 by Russia.

This platform was initially presented on September 23, 2020 by Zelensky during his speech at the UN General Assembly.

Almost two years later, this platform becomes more relevant, since the entire country is currently the target of a new Russian military offensive, which began on February 24 of this year.

The summit takes place on the eve of the day marking six months of conflict on Ukrainian soil, which coincides with Ukraine’s Independence Day.

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The Russian military offensive in Ukraine has already caused more than 12 million people to flee their homes -more than six million internally displaced persons and more than six million to neighboring countries-, according to the latest UN data, which places this crisis of refugees as the worst in the world. Europe since World War II (1939-1945).

The Russian invasion – justified by Russian President Vladimir Putin, with the need to “denazify” and demilitarize Ukraine for Russia’s security – was condemned by the international community at large, which is responding by sending weapons to Ukraine and imposing sanctions on Russia that They affect practically all sectors, from banking to energy and sports.

Source: TSF