‘Stand firm with Ukraine’ – NATO calls on Putin to step down
On the occasion of “Victory Day” on May 9, NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg called on Moscow to end the war in Ukraine. The alliance will continue to help kyiv defend itself. There is great concern in the West.
DNATO urges Vladimir Putin to end hostilities in Ukraine on Victory Day over Nazi Germany. “I again call on President Putin on May 9 to immediately end the war, withdraw his troops from Ukraine and start peace negotiations. We stand firmly with Ukraine and will continue to help the country to assert its right to self-defence,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg WELT said.
At the same time, the former Norwegian prime minister pointed out that Moscow had regularly used the May 9 commemoration day in the past to “spread untruths about the West and criticize NATO”. “I expect,” Stoltenberg continued, “that on May 9 of this year, Putin will once again spread lies about NATO and the West as a whole.”
However, the NATO secretary general did not want to speculate “if there will be any further announcements from Moscow on Monday”. Stoltenberg alludes to the expectation of some Western politicians and media that Moscow might officially declare war on Ukraine on May 9. This could lead to a “general mobilization” in Russia.
In this case, young conscripts would officially have to fight in Ukraine, many more weapons would be used, and the Russian economy would probably be adapted to the conditions of a war. So far, Moscow has only spoken of the attack on Ukraine, which began on February 24, as a “special military operation” aimed at “denazifying” Ukraine.
Stoltenberg sharply dismissed Moscow’s accusations that the Western defense alliance was behaving “aggressively”: “For more than seven decades we have been able to prevent war for our allies. NATO is a defensive alliance and the current crisis shows that it is vital for Europe and North America to unite in NATO to ensure peace and uphold the values of freedom and democracy. . European Union, “built on the rubble of the Second World War to prevent war”.
Over the weekend, the situation in the Ukrainian combat zones deteriorated further. According to the region’s governor, up to 60 people may have been killed in a Russian bomb attack on a village school in the eastern Ukrainian region of Lugansk. After the attack on the Bilohorivka school, where 90 people had taken refuge, a fire broke out, explained Serhiy Gaidai.
In addition, the Russian military said it shot down several planes and helicopters over Snake Island in Ukraine on Sunday evening. In addition, a Ukrainian corvette had been sunk.
Reports from both sides testify to fierce fighting for the strategically important island, which lies 35 kilometers off the coast just across the Danube Delta in the Odessa region. From the beginning of the war, the Russian armed forces had taken control of the Ukrainian base there, whose radio message to a Russian warship (“Russian warship, fuck you”) became famous in the world. entire. The flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the armored cruiser “Moskva”, is said to have sunk in the area after Ukrainian fire.
Meanwhile, according to Ukrainian sources, armed groups and Russian troops are preparing for battle in the breakaway Moldovan region of Moscow-controlled Transnistria. Russian forces in the region are “in full battle readiness”, the Ukrainian General Staff said on Sunday. Fears that the conflict in Ukraine could spill over to neighboring Moldova have grown in recent weeks.