NATO chief says situation near Soledar and Bakhmut shows Ukraine needs more help

11 January, 03:21 PM
Stoltenberg said that military aid to Ukraine should be provided faster (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

Stoltenberg said that military aid to Ukraine should be provided faster (Photo:REUTERS/Johanna Geron)

Russia’s relentless and brutal assault on Ukrainian positions in and around Soledar and Bakhmut in Donetsk Oblast, proves the importance of further increasing military support, NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a news conference on Jan. 10.

The news conference in Brussels also featured also President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

"In recent days, we have seen fierce fighting around Bakhmut and Soledar in the east of Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said.

“This shows once again the bravery of Ukrainian forces as they fight to defend their homeland.

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“It also shows how vital it is that we step up our support, our military support to Ukraine," Stoltenberg added.

He stressed the importance of the allies’ joint efforts to assist Ukraine.

"Our support makes a real difference on the ground. And at this key juncture of the war, we must do even more, even faster," the Secretary General said.

In the past days, Russian forces have ramped up their efforts to storm Soledar, Donetsk Oblast, and have managed to enter the town.

The Russian invasion forces are trying to surround Bakhmut, a key town in the Donbas they have been attempting to seize for the past several months.

Russia has stillnot gained complete control of Soledar, and close-quarters combat is happening in the town as of the time of publication.

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