14:57 28 Nov 2023

Ukraine must prepare for escalating Russian missile strikes – Stoltenberg

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Ukraine needs to prepare for increased hostilities and air attacks by the Russian Federation.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced this in Brussels at a meeting of foreign ministers of the North Atlantic Alliance countries on November 28.

During his speech at the ministerial meeting, the NATO Secretary General noted that intense fighting is currently taking place on the front line in Ukraine.

In addition, as Stoltenberg emphasized, "we have seen waves of drone attacks on Ukrainian cities."

"Of course, we will review the situation in Ukraine. We see intense fighting along the front line. And we see waves of drone attacks on Ukrainian cities and infrastructure facilities. And we must prepare for more attacks against Ukrainian cities. Therefore, it is essential that NATO member countries continue to support Ukraine," the head of the Alliance emphasized.

Stoltenberg also welcomed recent announcements of aid to Ukraine by NATO member states, particularly Germany, the Netherlands, and Romania.

Earlier, Stoltenberg stated that he was sure the allies would continue providing Ukraine significant military aid.

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It should be noted that at the end of October, British intelligence reported a long pause in Russia's use of long-range aircraft for missile strikes on Ukraine and attributed this to the accumulation of stockpiles for the winter.

In turn, Air Force spokesman Yuriy Ihnat also stated on the air of the telethon that the Russian Federation could probably take a break in air attacks on Ukraine to accumulate a certain number of missiles.

The invaders understand that striking with Shahed kamikaze drones alone is ineffective. After all, the air defense forces effectively shoot them down and receive and will receive more means against UAVs.

In addition, British intelligence previously stated that the Russian army had already accumulated a significant stockpile of cruise missiles on the eve of winter to strike Ukraine's energy infrastructure.

In turn, the Ukrainian government and the General Staff of Ukraine's armed forces decided to protect energy infrastructure facilities.

Ukrenergo [Ukraine's electricity transmission system operator – ed.] is preparing for the worst scenario in winter and advises the population to purchase autonomous power sources whenever possible.


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