Russia’s new offensive against Ukraine has begun

- NATO chief Stoltenberg warns 

Russia’s new offensive against Ukraine has begun

Brussels/Moscow: NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has warned that Russia’s major and new offensive against Ukraine is already underway, and there are no signs of Russian President Vladimir Putin being ready for peace. A meeting of NATO defence ministers will begin on Tuesday. The conference is expected to discuss the issue of arms support to Ukraine, and new arms supplies are also likely to be announced. Analysts claim that the statement made by the NATO chief is likely a part of the pressure tactics used on member countries.  

In the last few days, Ukrainian agencies and Western countries have constantly warned that Russia would launch a new offensive. Earlier this month, Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov had said Russia would launch a major offensive against Ukraine in the next ten days with a new attack. There were statements about the Russian aggression from the Ukrainian intelligence agency, the European agencies and the Western media. It was said that Russia would start an invasion of Ukraine on February 24 or a few days before the completion of one year since the start of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.  

But the NATO chief has drawn attention to the developments in the last few days and underscored that the new Russian aggression has already begun. “The Russian government, along with President Putin, still wants to gain control over Ukraine. Putin is continuously sending new military units, weapons and systems in Ukraine,’ Stoltenberg claimed. The NATO chief also urged that Ukraine be supplied with arms at the earliest and large numbers while highlighting Russia’s latest moves.  

‘Weapons are being used extensively in the Ukraine conflict. Ukraine is using arms and its supplies rapidly and in large quantities. As a result, the arsenal of NATO and its allies is declining. Ukraine’s pace of its use far exceeds the manufacturing speed of member states. It has significantly strained the defence industry of NATO member states,’ Stoltenberg claimed. According to a report, the Ukrainian military uses 6,000 to 7,000 artillery shells daily.  

On the other hand, Russia has also been carrying out a series of heavy attacks in various parts of Ukraine. On Sunday and Monday, Russia fired a large number of bombs, mortars and rockets on Bakhmut city and its surrounding area. Attacks are also underway in various parts of Donetsk, Luhansk province and Kharkiv. More than 250 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in operations by Russian forces in the areas of Kupiansk, Krasny Liman and Kharkiv, according to the Russian Defence Ministry. Meanwhile, a leading US daily claimed that the Ukrainian military would withdraw from Bakhmut in the next few days. 

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