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For NATO, weakening of troops could lead to years of war in Ukraine

“War can last for years”, said this Sunday (19) the secretary general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, to the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag. “We must not give up on supporting Ukraine. Even if the costs are high, not only for military support, but also for rising energy and food prices,” added the head of the military alliance.

Stoltenberg stressed that no financial cost compares to the suffering of Ukraine’s front line and that, if Russia achieves its objectives as happened in the annexation of Crimea in 2014, “the price will be even greater” to the West.

The UK Ministry of Defense also reported this Sunday, in the daily assessment of the conflict, that, after almost four months of conflict, troops on both sides are defecting and rebelling. against orders from officers.

According to the communiqué, defections mainly occur in Ukrainian troops, but Russian troops also show disturbance. “There are cases of entire Russian units refusing orders and there are armed clashes between officers and their troops,” the British authorities pointed out.

Report of the Institute for the Study of War, released by the Ukrainian military intelligence service. , revealed the contents of intercepted phone calls. According to the Ukrainian body, Russian soldiers complain about conditions on the front line, bad equipment and lack of personnel.

Zelensky calls for greater support to European allies

On a trip to Kiev last Friday (17), the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said that, in this moment of fatigue of the Ukrainian troops, it is when the country most needs military support. He also said that a ceasefire would only be of interest to Russia. “It would be a catastrophe if Putin won”, opined the British prime minister.

Last week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also received a visit from French President Emmanuel Macron, from the German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz, the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, and the Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Draghi. Since the beginning of the war, Zelensky has asked for greater support from these countries.

Conflict intensifies in eastern Ukraine

Conflict continues heavy in Severodonetsk, key city in eastern Ukraine, and in Luhansk, in disputed Donbas. “The enemy does aerial reconnaissance 24 hours a day with drones, bombing and quickly adapting to our changes,” Luhansk Governor Serhiy Haidai said via Telegram.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Russian forces and separatists took control of Metolkine, a settlement east of Severodonetsk, on Sunday.

On Saturday (

), the Russian news agency Sputnik said that since the beginning of the conflict, 1,936 million have been evacuated from “dangerous areas” to Russian territory. of people from Ukraine, with 307 one thousand of them minors.

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