The head of NATO has said Ukraine’s allies need to prepare for “a long war,” warning that if Kyiv stops fighting “their country will no longer exist.”


Speaking in an interview with Germany's Funke media group published on Sunday, Jens Stoltenberg also said Ukraine would become a member of the military alliance “eventually.”


“Most wars last longer than expected when they first begin,” he said. “Therefore, we must prepare ourselves for a long war in Ukraine.”


“We are all wishing for a quick peace. But at the same time, we must recognize: if President Zelensky and the Ukrainians stop fighting, their country will no longer exist. 


“If President Putin and Russia lay down their weapons, we will have peace.”


The war began in February 2022 when Moscow launched the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, bringing war back to Europe for the first time in decades. It is now in its 19th month.


Kyiv launched its counteroffensive in June, pushing back against entrenched Russian positions in the south and east, but it has made limited gains so far, AFP reports.


On Ukraine's ambitions to join the alliance, Stoltenberg said: “There is no doubt that Ukraine will eventually be in NATO.”


Kyiv had “moved closer to NATO” at a summit of the alliance in July, he said. 


“When this war ends, we need security guarantees for Ukraine. Otherwise, history could repeat itself,” he added. 

President Zelensky’s Address on the Day of Defenders of Ukraine
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President Zelensky’s Address on the Day of Defenders of Ukraine

Address by President Volodymyr Zelensky on the Day of Defenders of Ukraine, 1 October 2023


At the July summit in Vilnius, NATO leaders agreed that Ukraine could join the alliance once certain conditions are met, and US and German officials made it clear that these would include Kyiv carrying out reforms to protect democracy and the rule of law.



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Cecil smith
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Ukraine sadly is now a Toy of land that Putin says NATO can't play with neither can I.So I burst your ball in the playground and you cannot play neither can anyone.
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Prepare For a Long War?

It's already lasted too long! Ukraine should immediately be permitted to join NATO. Why have NATO, if NATO won't defend democracy? What's the point of having NATO if they allow Russia, a rogue state 28 times larger than Ukraine, to invade a free and sovereign nation? And then NATO restricts the weapons Ukraine can fight with and tells Ukraine you must fight the entire war within your own borders. Joe Biden continues to withhold the heavy weapons Ukraine needs. After nearly two years of fighting, he still won't give Ukraine ATACMS. Why not?

Hats off to the UAF! In spite of Russia's second most powerful military in the world, and in spite of the cowardice of NATO, Ukraine is winning. Tell Joe Briben Biden and NATO to immediately supply Ukraine with every heavy weapon they need like F-16s, Apache helicopters, M1A1 Abrams tanks, ATACMS long-range missiles, Manpads, and Storm Shadows and place Ukraine directly on a path to victory for Ukraine and democracy. The insufficient number of heavy weapons Ukraine has now, only prolongs the war thereby prolonging death, anguish and misery for Ukrainians.

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Slava Ukraini!

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gavan duffy
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Putin and NATO know that Russia will win a war of attrition. So why doesn't NATO put troops on the ground to push Russian forces out of Ukraine Then the war can end. It seems NATO is prepared to fight this war to the last Ukranian.

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@gavan duffy,