Ukraine war could last for years, says NATO chief Stoltenberg

According to him, the supply of modern weapons to Ukrainian troops increases the chance that the eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region will be liberated from Russian occupation.

Costs are high

“We have to prepare for the fact that it can take years. We must not give up Ukraine,” Stoltenberg told Bild. “Even though the costs are high, not only for military support, but also due to rising energy and food prices.”

A new aid package for Ukraine will be discussed at a NATO summit in Madrid later this month. That should help the country transition from old Soviet-era weapons to modern Western weaponry, Stoltenberg said earlier this week.

Hundreds stuck in Severodonetsk . Factory

Meanwhile, there is still fierce fighting for the city of Severodonetsk in the Donbas. Ukrainian citizens in shelters at the Azot chemical plant do not want to be evacuated, according to the regional administration. “There is constant contact with them. They have been offered evacuation several times, but they do not want that,” said Governor Sergei Gaidai of the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk on television. 568 civilians, including 38 children, are housed in the factory.

According to the governor, the place cannot be compared with the steel factory Azovstal in the port city of Mariupol. “This is not an underground city. These are individual emergency shelters that are separate, unconnected.” Ukrainian fighters and civilians held out in a bunker system beneath the Azovstal steel mill for weeks after the city was taken by Russian forces.

The Russians announced a humanitarian corridor on Wednesday, but to territory controlled by Russia. However, the Ukrainians mistrusted the Russian promises. The Russians, in turn, accused Ukrainian military of using force to prevent civilians from escaping.

Russia is throwing all its reserves into battle to take the cities of Severodonetsk and Bachmoet, Gaidai said of the military situation in the Donbas.

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