Jens Stoltkeberg (file photo) Stoltenberg: if Russia wins the war in Ukraine, other neighboring countries may become victims of aggression
NATO Secretary General said that it is necessary to prevent the conflict from escalating into a war between Russia and the Alliance
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday that the alliance faces joint tasks both to support Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion, and to prevent this conflict from escalating into a war between Russia and NATO.
Speaking at a summer camp in Norway, Stoltenberg said that NATO has a moral responsibility to support Ukraine and the Ukrainian people under aggressive attack.
“We see acts of war, attacks on civilians and destruction that have not been seen since World War II,” Stoltenberg said, according to a NATO publication of his prepared theses. “We cannot remain indifferent to this.”
Stoltenberg said the world would become a more dangerous place if Russian President Vladimir Putin gets what he wants with military force.
“If Russia wins this war, it will have proof that violence works. Then other neighboring countries could be next,” he said.
On Thursday, the Ukrainian military announced that Russian troops were shelling numerous territories of Ukraine, including the environs of Kharkiv, Slavyansk and Chernihiv.
Meanwhile, the UK Department of Defense said Ukrainian forces were carrying out rocket and artillery strikes against Russian “military strongholds, personnel concentrations, logistics bases and ammunition depots.” The ministry said in a statement that such attacks are likely to have a big impact on Russia's efforts to resupply and support its forces. that as a result of a strike on the central region of Donetsk, five people were killed and six more were injured. The building of the Drama Theatre, where a farewell ceremony was to take place for one of the dead commanders of the pro-Russian separatist units, Olga Kachura, came under fire.
According to Radio Liberty, the Armed Forces of Ukraine do not comment on the attack on Donetsk. Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the head of the office of the President of Ukraine, denied the involvement of Ukrainian troops in the shelling of Donetsk. According to him, the city is being shelled by Russian troops or the separatists themselves.