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NATO Secretary General: Russia incapable of significant breakthroughs in Ukraine

Stoltenberg noted that Russia launched another offensive in Ukraine during the spring-summer “but so far with only marginal success.”
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: nato.int
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Credit: nato.int
NATO Secretary General: Russia incapable of significant breakthroughs in Ukraine

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg believes that Russian troops are not capable of “significant breakthroughs” on the battlefield in Ukraine, while Kyiv is inflicting significant defeats on Russia by strikes deep into its territory.

Stoltenberg said this during an interview with AFP on Thursday 27 June.

The NATO-chief noted that Russia launched another offensive in Ukraine during the spring-summer “but so far with only marginal success.”

“And we have no other indication or reason to believe that Russia has the capabilities, the strength to make significant breakthroughs,” he added.

The secretary general, however, cautioned that Russia is likely to “continue to advance along the front lines” and conduct airstrikes in Ukraine.

“But we see that the Ukrainians have been able to hold the front line. They were able to continue to inflict heavy losses on Russian forces – both along the front line and by strikes deep into Russian territory,” Stoltenberg said.

Russia launched a new offensive in May in the northern Kharkiv Oblast and also increased pressure in eastern Ukraine, taking advantage of delays in the delivery of Western weapons to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

To counter Russian offensive operations in the north of Ukraine, Western countries have authorized Kyiv to strike Russian positions across the border in the Kharkiv and Sumy Oblasts.

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