NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance needs to strengthen its military capabilities to support Ukraine for “a long way”.
In an interview on Sunday live Barton rosemaryStoltenberg said the alliance has largely exhausted its own supplies of weapons and ammunition and will need to work with industry to “increase production” in order to continue supporting Ukraine.
He also told CBC’s chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton that coalition states need to be willing to pay a number of prices, in the form of higher energy costs and other economic consequences, in order to strengthen their capacity. Ukraine’s defense.
“We have to remember that the price we pay is in money and the price that Ukraine is paying is in our lives, in blood, every day and it’s our duty to support them.”
Ukraine in the past few months has regained much of its territory formerly occupied by Russia, most recently the large southern city of Kherson. Russia has responded with a significant campaign of missile strikes against Ukraine.
Mr. Stoltenberg on Sunday referred to the ongoing investigation into an incident in Poland in which a rocket killed two people. The Secretary-General considers the event an accident and not a Russian attack against NATO, although he noted that the investigation is ongoing.
“We don’t see any imminent threat of any military attack against any of NATO’s allied countries. But at the same time, war is very dangerous and it is a war. Full-scale war is going on in our vicinity, in Ukraine, and accidents happen as a result of the war,” he said.
Stoltenberg believes that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has facilitated an accident like the one that occurred in Poland earlier this week.
There is no place for tired conflict: UN officials
Despite Ukraine’s recent achievements on the military front, the coming winter could freeze the conflict and exacerbate the plight of civilians, who often lack basic services such as electricity and heating.
In a separate interview on live Barton rosemaryDenise Brown, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Ukraine, urged Canadians and others outside Ukraine to maintain their support for ordinary Ukrainians.
“Think of the people caught up in the war, lost their homes, without electricity, without heating, without their children going to school,” she said.
“I don’t think any of us can get tired of this war and the impact on Ukraine.”
Brown, a Canadian, tells of her experiences traveling to newly liberated Kherson, including hearing landmines explode across the city.
“There is demining capacity in this country, but given the level of mining that is believed to have taken place, the capacity needs to be strengthened,” she said.
“I wish I could tell you we only have one focus but we don’t,” she said, noting that her team is juggling several hot zones, including Kherson but also Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia.
“We’re careful, but we also have to approach these people, so it’s a delicate balancing act to be sure.”
Ceasefire will allow Russia to rearm: former president of Ukraine
Ukraine’s interests and the length of the war have raised some questions about when to call for a ceasefire or negotiate an end to the war.
Speaking at the Halifax Security Forum, former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the ceasefire would only allow Russia to rearm for another war. He called the Ukrainian military the country’s “negotiator” in negotiations to end the war.
Andriy Kostin, Ukraine’s chief prosecutor, echoed that sentiment. in an interview earlier this month to the BBC, saying “I don’t think the issue of resumption of any talks is feasible.”
Speaking to Barton in an interview that aired Sunday, Kostin detailed new evidence of war crimes discovered in newly liberated Kherson and called for a new international legal mechanism to punish penalize Russia for aggression. A new mechanism is needed, he said, because Russia will block any action at the UN Security Council.
“We all understand that the crime of aggression is the mother crime of all war crimes. Without aggression, other war crimes would not have happened,” Mr. Kostin said.
“We are fighting for justice not only for the people of Ukraine… but also fighting for justice at the international level, in international courts, in international venues, to show that the law rights are more important than the rule of law.”