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    NATO Warns of Russia’s Long War in Ukraine, Vows to be Ready

    NATO Warns of Russia’s Long War in Ukraine, Vows to be Ready

    BRUSSELS — is preparing for an extended war so NATO must get ready “for the long haul” and support Ukraine for as long as it takes, the alliance's deputy secretary general told military chiefs from across on Wednesday.

    Speaking at the opening of the military chiefs' meeting in Brussels, Mircea Geoana said NATO nations must invest more in defense, ramp up military industrial manufacturing and harness technologies to prepare for future wars.

    As Russia's war on Ukraine nears the one-year mark, NATO chiefs are expected to discuss how allies can expand the delivery of weapons, training and support to Ukraine in the coming months, and how they can further shore up their own defenses.

    “We have no indication that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin's goals have changed,” said Geoana, noting that Russia has mobilized more than 200,000 additional troops. “So we must be prepared for the long haul. 2023 will be a difficult year and we need to support Ukraine for as long as it takes.”

    Separately on Wednesday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Ukraine's Western backers will gather this week to discuss ways to supply heavier and more advanced weapons to help the war-ravaged country in its fight against Russia.

    The so-called Ukraine Contact Group will meet at Ramstein Air Base in on Thursday and Friday. It consists of about 50 top defense officials, including U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd…

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