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We must 'steel ourselves' for a long war in Ukraine, PM warns, as NATO leader says it could last years

Allies were warned to prepare for a long-lasting war in Ukraine.

Both Boris Johnson , Prime Minister and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the world must dig in and be ready to support it long-term.

The NATOchief stated in a harsh interview with Bild am Sonntag that “it could take years.”

We must continue to support Ukraine. Even though the costs of military support are high, as well as rising food and energy prices, they must be met.

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Johnson visited Kyiv Friday and made similar remarks in a piece for The Sunday Times. Johnson wrote: “I fear that we should be steel ourselves for long war, as Putin resorts a campaign de attrition, trying tame down Ukraine with sheer brutality.”

“The UK, our friends, must respond by ensuring Ukraine has the strategic endurance necessary to survive and ultimately prevail.”

Johnson described time as “the crucial factor” and added that everything will depend on whether Ukraine is able to strengthen its ability to defend its territory faster than Russia.

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“Our task is to recruit time on Ukraine’s behalf.”

He wrote that this meant that Ukraine would receive weapons, ammunition, and training faster than any invader.

On Saturday, Mr Johnson spoke to reporters and stressed that it was important to avoid “Ukraine fatigue”.

He said, “The concern that we have about Ukraine fatigue is that it is beginning to set in all over the world.

“It’s important to show that we are there for them over the long-term and give them the strategic resilience they need.”

Image: Boris Johnson and Volodymyr Zelenskyy met again. Twitter pic: @10DowningStreet

Other important developments in Ukraine:

* Severodonetsk was under heavy artillery and rocket firing.

* Serhiy Gaidai, Luhansk governor, mentioned “tough battles in Metolkine”, with Russia’s TASS news media claiming that many Ukrainian fighters had surrendered there

* A number of Russian missiles were reported to have struck a gasworks in eastern Izyum. Russian rockets also landed on Kharkiv (Ukraine’s second-largest) suburb.

The UK also indicated that it would send more troops and lead a brigade to Estonia – further evidence of long-term planning in this region.

Brigades, units of around 3,000 to 5,000 soldiers each, would greatly increase NATO’s presence within the Baltics. These three ex-Soviet republics are more susceptible to Russian attack following Moscow’s invasion in Ukraine.

Image President Zelenskyy poses with Ukrainian servicemen during a surprise visit at the southern frontline

In his nightly address to the nation, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian President, remained steadfast. He claimed he had visited soldiers in the Mykolaiv area, which is about 340mi (550km) south from the capital Kyiv.

He said, “I spoke to our defenders – the military, police, and the National Guard.” “Their mood was assured. They all don’t doubt our victory. We won’t give the south to anyone and we will take all that is ours back.

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