Monday, February 6, 2023

NATO is preparing for a long war in Ukraine

BRUSSELS ( Associated Press) — Russia is preparing for a long-term war, so NATO should look forward to “long-term” support for Ukraine for as long as it is needed, the alliance’s deputy secretary general told military chiefs from across Europe on Wednesday. told.

At the beginning of the officials’ meeting, Mircea Giona said that NATO countries should invest more in defense, increase military production and adopt new technologies to prepare for future wars.

As Russia’s war in Ukraine reaches its first year, NATO chiefs are expected to discuss how Ukraine should expand weapons, training and support and strengthen its own defenses in the coming months .

“We have not received any indication that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s goals have changed,” Giona said. “So we have to prepare for the long term. 2023 will be a difficult year and we should support Ukraine for as long as it takes.”

The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, held a secret meeting on Tuesday with Ukraine’s top official, General Valery Zaluzny, at an undisclosed location in southeastern Poland near the Ukrainian border. He is expected to convey Zaluzhny’s concerns to the other military chiefs at the meeting.

Miley’s meeting with Zaluzhny was hastily organized after it became clear on Monday that Ukrainian military personnel would not be able to attend NATO sessions in person. He plans to do so on Thursday via videoconferencing.

Colonel Dave Butler, Milley’s spokesman, said he plans to describe to his NATO allies “the tactical and operational conditions on the battlefield and the logistical requirements.”

Admiral Ron Bauer, head of NATO’s military committee, told a meeting on Wednesday that the alliance must continue to transform itself to face future conflicts.

Bauer of the Royal Dutch Army said, “The war has shown us that we must be able to fight yesterday’s battles today as well as tomorrow’s.” “Modern warfare is as much about bits and bots as it is about soil and blood.”

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