NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged not to count on a quick end to the war in light of recent successes of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
As "European Truth" writes, he stated this on BBC Radio 4.
"It was very effective and dealt a strong blow to Russian attempts to occupy and control the territories of Ukraine. It is very encouraging to see that the Armed Forces are able to return territories and strike at Russian rears," Stoltenberg noted.
"At the same time, we must understand that this is not the beginning of the end of the war. We need to prepare for a long confrontation. Russia still occupies 20% of the territory of Ukraine and has significant military capabilities that can be used against Ukraine," he added, noting that The West must continue to provide support to Ukraine.
The BBC quoted former NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gettemüller as saying she was concerned that Vladimir Putin could use weapons of mass destruction.
When asked if the chances of Putin using weapons of mass destruction increased after the successes of the UDF, Stoltenberg said: "In the first weeks of this conflict, we saw threatening nuclear rhetoric from Putin. NATO is ready for any eventuality. We are on alert, we have sent a clear message to Russia that any use of nuclear weapons would completely change this conflict and have unimaginable consequences for Russia. A nuclear war cannot be fought and it cannot be won. Russia must realize this."
It will be recalled that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that Russia involved 80% of its ground forces in the war in Ukraine.