NATO chief warns Russia-Ukraine conflict could last ‘for years’, PM Johnson also echoes concern

Edited By: C Krishnasai
New Delhi Updated: Jun 19, 2022, 02:05 PM(IST)

The West called for renewed support for Ukraine Photograph:( AFP )

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Both UK PM Johnson and NATO chief Stoltenberg called for renewed military help for Ukraine to push back against Russian aggression

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) chief Jens Stoltenberg on Sunday warned that the Russia-Ukraine conflict could last “for years”, and asked member countries to increase support, militarily and financially, to Kyiv.

Speaking to the media pon Sunday, Stoltenberg said, "We must be prepared for this to last for years. We must not weaken in our support of Ukraine, even if the costs are high - not only in terms of military support but also because of rising energy and food prices."

Stoltenberg said the supply of state-of-the-art weaponry to Ukraine would boost the chance of freeing its eastern region of Donbas from Russian control, Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported. 

He further said the food and fuel costs are nothing compared to the one paid daily by Ukrainians on the frontline, adding "we would have to pay an even greater price" if Russian President Vladimir Putin was to achieve Moscow's goals in Ukraine.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who vested Kyiv recently, echoed similar sentiments in an opinion piece in London’s Sunday Times.

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 "I am afraid that we need to steel ourselves for a long war, as Putin resorts to a campaign of attrition, trying to grind down Ukraine by sheer brutality.

"The UK and our friends must respond by ensuring that Ukraine has the strategic endurance to survive and eventually prevail."

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Describing time as "the vital factor", Johnson added: "Everything will depend on whether Ukraine can strengthen its ability to defend its soil faster than Russia can renew its capacity to attack.”

(With inputs from agencies)

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