NATO vows ‘to stand for Ukraine as long as it takes’

NATO has promised to “stand for Ukraine” as long as necessary, claiming Russia is using winter as a weapon of war by hitting energy infrastructure in Ukraine.

“NATO will continue to stand for Ukraine as long as it takes. We will not back down,” NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg said in a speech at the start of a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers in the Romanian capital, Bucharest, on Tuesday.

The meeting of the ministers is focused on ramping up military assistance for Ukraine, such as with air-defense systems and ammunition. Stoltenberg promised a wide range of measures to support Kiev.

He said that NATO foreign ministers would meet with their Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, to discuss his country’s most urgent needs.

The Ukrainian diplomat said NATO foreign ministers would discuss the provision of new weapons, ammunition, and military equipment for Kiev during the meeting. He also warned at the beginning of the meeting that the military alliance urgently needed to boost weapons production.

Russia using winter as weapon of war: Stoltenberg

In his remarks, the NATO chief also accused Russia of using winter as a weapon of war against Ukraine.

He said that “the message from all of us will be that we need to do more” to help Kiev fix its gas and electricity infrastructure and provide air defense to help it protect itself better.

Ukraine claims Russia is targeting civilian infrastructure in the course of the war. Moscow has denied doing so.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned of more Russian operations this week, claiming that they could be as bad as last week’s, which left millions of people with no heat, water, or power.

Russia started its operation in Ukraine in late February. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the operation, which he called “a special military operation,” was meant to “de-Nazify” Ukraine.

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