January 31, 2023

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War in Ukraine: Vladimir Putin seeks to use winter as “weapon of war”, NATO’s secretary general condemns

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday in Bucharest that NATO would increase its aid to Ukraine in anticipation of a winter that his forces are “trying to use as a weapon of war” because of a lack of progress. Jens Stoltenberg.

Winter promises to be especially hard in Ukraine Due to water and electricity shortages due to Russian attacks on its infrastructure.

“I think we’ve all seen the satellite pictures where we see Europe lit up and Ukraine in darkness (…) It’s a huge task to reconstruct all this”Jens Stoltenberg said at the start of a two-day meeting of the organization’s foreign ministers.

“NATO will support Ukraine as long as it needs. We will not back down.”The former Norwegian Prime Minister promised.

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He added that the meeting in Bucharest should be used to get more support for Ukraine. It will be dedicated to delivering military equipment and non-lethal equipment such as fuel, medical supplies, winter equipment or drone jammers.

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“The next few months will be a big test for all of us. This is an existential question for Ukraine, a moral question for us. We must continue to help Ukraine as long as necessary.”Head of Slovak Diplomacy, Rastislav Keser announced.

In his daily video message on Monday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned his compatriots of the risk of more Russian strikes this week, like last week, which have left millions without heat, drinking water or electricity.

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“Winter will be terrible for Ukraine, so we are working to strengthen our support to combat it”A high-ranking European diplomat commented.

Generators

The United States is working with American companies and European countries to find equipment to repair high-voltage networks damaged by the Moscow attacks, according to a senior State Department official.

France and Germany are in the process of sending a hundred electric generators.

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At the military level, NATO continues to pressure arms manufacturers to speed up their production.

“We are doing everything possible in deliveries, but there is a real problem (in capacity)”However, a messenger mentions. “Ukrainians know this. Even the US Defense Department, despite its power, is having problems.”

The Bucharest meeting should also address the issue of Ukraine’s NATO membership. However, the alliance must be satisfied with reaffirmation “Open Door Policy” And the unification of Ukraine is a very remote prospect.

The policy of Ukraine’s accession to NATO was recorded in 2008 during a summit organized in the same palace of the parliament, which was built by former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in the center of the Romanian capital on Wednesday.

But no timetable has been set.