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Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), has projected that the crisis in Ukraine might persist “for years” due to the continuous confrontation between the country and Russia.

Stoltenberg made the announcement in an interview published on Sunday by the German daily tabloid Bild while reaffirming appeals for Western countries to provide long-term support to Kyiv.

“We have to be ready for this to persist for years,” Stoltenberg stated.

“We must not abandon our support for Ukraine, even if the costs are enormous – not only in terms of military assistance but also in terms of rising oil and food prices.”

Stoltenberg warned that “we would have to pay an even bigger price” if Russian President Vladimir Putin achieved Moscow’s ambitions in Ukraine, claiming that food and fuel prices are nothing compared to the daily costs faced by Ukrainians on the frontlines.

Ukraine and Russia have been at odds for nearly three months, with numerous casualties already documented.

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