On Sunday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a local German outlet that we need to prepare for the possibility that the war in Ukraine could continue for several years and that even if the costs are high, we should not “let up in supporting Ukraine.” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Kyiv on Friday after several other European leaders and said that it was important to show Ukraine that “we are with them for the long haul” and stressed the importance of avoiding “Ukraine-fatigue.”
This comes after the European Commission recommended Ukraine be granted candidate status into the EU bloc. The EU member nations will debate the issue at a summit later this month on June 23 and 24, but membership could take years.
“Although the fight in the Donbas is being waged ever more brutally by Russia, Ukrainian soldiers are putting up a brave resistance. With more modern weapons, the likelihood increases that Ukraine will be able to drive Putin’s troops out of the Donbas again as well,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told German magazine Bild am Sonntag.
“We must prepare for the fact that it could take years. We must not let up in supporting Ukraine. Even if the costs are high, not only for military support, also because of rising energy and food prices,” said Stoltenberg.
“The worry that we have is that a bit of Ukraine-fatigue is starting to set in around the world. It is very important to show that we are with them for the long haul and we are giving them that strategic resilience that they need,” said Johnson to reporters after his trip to Kyiv.