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Russia invades Ukraine, NATO chief warns war could last for years

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, left, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speak to the media as they arrive for a meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels April 7. (Francois Walschaerts/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba spoke Thursday at NATO headquarters in Brussels, where NATO and G7 foreign ministers are meeting this week to discuss sanctions against Russia and ways to support Ukraine.

“My program is very simple. It contains only three elements. They are weapons, weapons and weapons,” Kuleba told reporters.

Providing arms to Ukraine was the best way to “contain Putin and defeat the Russian army in Ukraine, on the territory of Ukraine so that the war does not spill over any further”, Kuleba said.

“The Ukrainian army and the whole Ukrainian nation have demonstrated that we know how to fight. We know how to win.
“The more weapons we have, and the sooner they will arrive in Ukraine, the more human lives will be saved, the more towns and villages will not be destroyed, and there will be no more Buchas.”

He called on the NATO and G7 foreign ministers to “put aside their hesitations, their reluctance to provide Ukraine with everything it needs”, concluding that “as strange as it may seem, today Today weapons serve the purpose of peace”.

Speaking alongside Kuleba, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO nations “provide you with equipment support to enforce your right to self-defence, which is enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and that there is an urgent need to support Ukraine more”.

Stoltenberg said he was certain that NATO “will meet the need for more air defense systems, anti-tank weapons, lighter but also heavier weapons, and many different types of support for Ukraine.”

Ukraine-United States meeting: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with Kuleba on Thursday, according to the US State Department’s public schedule.

The two men last met in Warsaw at the end of March.

Blinken met with his NATO counterparts on Wednesday, as well as foreign ministers from countries including Australia and Japan.

CNN’s Jennifer Hansler contributed to this post.


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