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NATO chief warns Ukraine war could last ‘months, even years’

The Mariupol theater, damaged during fighting in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, on April 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)
The Mariupol theater, damaged during fighting in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People's Republic, eastern Ukraine, on April 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says there is no sign Russian President Vladimir Putin has dropped “his ambition to control the whole of Ukraine” and the war could last for a long time.

“We have to be realistic and realize that this may last for a long time, for many months, for even years,” Stoltenberg says ahead of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. “And that’s the reason why we need also to be prepared for the long haul, both when it comes to supporting Ukraine, sustaining sanctions and strengthening our defenses.”

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