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Stoltenberg: Russia's goals for Ukraine remain unchanged

The Russians have suffered losses and are increasingly dependent on China, but still want to continue the war. 

Stoltenberg: Russia's goals for Ukraine remain unchanged

Russia is suffering political, military and economic losses due to the full-scale war. The country is also becoming increasingly dependent on China. At the same time, it should not be underestimated, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a briefing after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers.

Militarily, Russia has lost a significant part of its armed forces. Hundreds of aircraft, thousands of tanks and more than 300,000 people.

"Economically, Russia is also under pressure," Stoltenberg said.

"Oil and gas purchases are down, Russian banks are under sanctions, foreign companies have stopped working in Russia, and 1.5 million people left Russia last year.

Stoltenberg said that at the same time, Russia should not be underestimated. Putin is indifferent to losses and his goals for Ukraine have not changed.

"Russia has a large missile stockpile for the winter," the secretary general said.

He said the enemy would try to leave Ukraine in the dark and cold. But the secretary general noted that NATO allies continue to strengthen Ukraine's air defences. Recently, 20 NATO members agreed to form an air defence coalition for Ukraine to protect cities and Ukrainians. 

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