It’s safe to say that this isn’t going to be over anytime soon. While a lot of people were hoping that this would all be over within a matter of months, it doesn’t look like that’s the case at all. Instead, there’s a new report that suggests Russia’s war on Ukraine could easily last several long years. Here’s what you need to know.
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said supplying state-of-the-art weaponry to Ukrainian troops would boost the chance of freeing its eastern region of Donbas from Russian control, Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported. After failing to take the capital Kyiv early on in the war, Russian forces have focused efforts on trying to take complete control of the Donbas, parts of which were already held by Russian-backed separatists before the 24 February invasion.
The War In Ukraine Could Last Years, So Says Expert
“We must prepare for the fact that it could take years. We must not let up in supporting Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said. “Even if the costs are high, not only for military support, also because of rising energy and food prices.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who visited Kyiv on Friday with an offer of training for Ukrainian forces, also said yesterday that it was important Britain provide support for the long haul, warning of a risk of “Ukraine fatigue” as the war drags on. What’s more, Johnson said this meant ensuring “Ukraine receives weapons, equipment, ammunition and training more rapidly than the invader”.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has rallied citizens with daily filmed messages, said he had visited forces in the southern Mykolaiv region, about 550km south of Kyiv. “Their mood is assured: they all do not doubt our victory,” he said in a video that appeared to have been recorded on a moving train. “We will not give the south to anyone, and all that is ours we will take back.”
Meanwhile, a top target in Moscow’s offensive to seize full control of Luhansk region – one of the two provinces making up the Donbas – is the industrial city of Sievierodonetsk, where the Ukrainian military said fighting and shelling continued.
“All Russian claims that they control the town are a lie. They control the main part of the town, but not the whole town,” Luhansk Governor Serhiy Gaidai told Ukrainian television, adding that fighting made evacuations from the city impossible.
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