“HToday we talked about Jens’ initiative [Stoltenberg] to create a special financial support fund for the defense of Ukraine worth 100 billion euros for a period of five years”, declared Zelensky, at a joint press conference with the leader of the Atlantic Alliance held in the Ukrainian capital.

NATO’s secretary general proposed earlier this month the creation of a 100 billion euro fund to help Ukraine in the long term.

In a message published from Kiev on his account on the X network, Stoltenberg stated that “the situation is difficult” for Ukrainian forces on the combat fronts, but argued that “it is not too late for Ukraine to prevail.”

“More support is on the way,” said the organization’s leader, adding: “NATO is also getting involved in the long term, putting Ukraine on an irreversible path towards the alliance.”

According to Stoltenberg, NATO countries were unable to deliver on time what they promised Ukraine, while Russia is rushing to exploit its advantages on the battlefield before Kiev’s depleted forces obtain more Western military supplies in the ongoing war. more than two years ago.

NATO’s secretary general warned that “serious delays in support have meant serious consequences on the battlefield” for Ukraine.

“NATO allies have not delivered on what they promised,” Stoltenberg said, referring to delays by the United States and Europe in sending weapons and ammunition.

“The lack of ammunition allowed the Russians to advance along the front line. The lack of air defense made it possible for more Russian missiles to reach their targets, and the lack of deep strike capabilities made it possible for the Russians to concentrate more forces,” the alliance leader also said.

Ukraine and its Western partners are in a race against time to deliver critical new military aid that could help halt Russia’s recent slow and costly but steady advance into the east of the country, as well as thwart drone attacks ( unmanned aircraft) and missiles.

Zelensky said new Western support had begun to arrive, but slowly.

“This process must be accelerated”, asked the Ukrainian head of state.

According to Stoltenberg, more weapons and ammunition for Ukraine are on the way, including Patriot missile systems to defend against heavy Russian barrages hitting the power grid and urban areas.

That additional help may be needed as Ukrainian officials say Russia is gathering forces for a major summer offensive.

The Russian military offensive on Ukrainian territory, launched on February 24, 2022, plunged Europe into what is considered the most serious security crisis since the Second World War (1939-1945).

Recent months have been marked by large-scale Russian airstrikes against Ukrainian cities and infrastructure, while Kiev’s forces have targeted targets on Russian territory close to the border and on the Crimean peninsula, illegally annexed in 2014.

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