NATO Chief Sounds Alarm on Risks of Putin’s Potential Victory

( – Jens Stoltenberg, the General Secretary of NATO, has warned it will be dangerous” if Russia wins the war in Ukraine.

President Vladimir Putin announced his “special military operation” almost two years ago, intending to take the capital of Kyiv within a matter of days. However, Ukraine put up a stronger defense than many had anticipated, and war now rages on in the south and east of the country.

Neither side has made any remarkable progress since the liberation of Kherson in November 2022. Fortifications and the cold Ukrainian winter have seen the frontlines reach a stalemate, with Russia capturing just 4 square kilometers of territory in November 2023.

Stoltenberg was being interviewed by German broadcaster ARD, where he claimed the war would end “faster” if NATO support increased. He also said that a Russian victory would be “a tragedy for Ukraine” while also “dangerous” for the military alliance.

The United States has been by far NATO’s biggest supporter of Kyiv, having committed more than $70 billion in military equipment since the full-scale invasion began in February 2022. NATO press releases have stated that the burden of support is being shared “equitably,” with around half coming from the U.S.

Some Republican presidential candidates have expressed concern over the amount of aid going to Eastern Europe. Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have threatened to cease support for Kyiv upon assuming the presidency, while frontrunner Donald Trump has said he will end the war “within 24 hours” if re-elected.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy acknowledged the war’s transition into a new stage in an interview with the Associated Press. Despite the long stalemate expected to last for months, Zelenskyy said the country would not give up in its battle against the occupying nation.

A long-awaited counteroffensive failed to produce the expected results, which the Ukrainian President blamed on weapons shortages. Its forces did, however, establish defensive outposts on the left bank of the Dnipro River in the south.

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