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Stoltenberg meets Zelensky on first visit to Kyiv since full-scale invasion
President Volodymyr Zelensky and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg held a joint press conference in Kyiv on April 20, with Zelensky saying there was "no objective barrier" to prevent Ukraine from joining the military alliance.
Estonian minister warns 'false peace is prelude to new wars,' backs NATO membership for Ukraine
BRUSSELS – Behind the curtains of Estonia's substantial support for Ukraine lies the struggle of pushing allies to do more. In an exclusive interview with the Kyiv Independent, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu admitted that he is not satisfied with either the quantity or pace of the allies' arms support "because
Stoltenberg says 'Ukraine will join NATO,' vows support despite Russia's 'reckless nuclear rhetoric'
Brussels – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg vowed on April 3 that the alliance would continue supporting Ukraine despite Russia's "dangerous and reckless nuclear rhetoric." He added that Kyiv can win the war and become a full-fledged NATO member one day. Responding to the Kyiv Independent at a news conference, Stoltenberg
Estonian Defense Minister: 'Russian army has not changed in 100 years'
Estonia, a country of 1.4 million people bordering Russia, is one of the most vocal supporters of Ukraine. It's also one of the West's front line states facing an increasingly aggressive Russia. Before Russia launched its all-out war, Estonia was among the handful of countries that provided Ukraine with
Ukraine war latest: 'No alternative to Ukrainian victory,' Zelensky says at Munich Security Conference
Key developments on Feb. 17: * NATO, EU, Ukraine to hold first trilateral meeting on Feb. 21 * Nuland: US supports Ukraine striking targets in Russian-occupied Crimea * Minister: Russian sabotage of Kakhovka Reservoir may leave 1 million Ukrainians without water In his address to the attendees of the Munich Security Conference, President
Defense minister: ‘The age of Ukraine-centrism has begun’
Editor’s Note: This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. BRUSSELS — Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine’s defense minister, was in an excellent mood after several intense days of closed-door meetings at the NATO headquarters. The Alliance hosted a meeting of defense ministers of all 30 member nations on Oct.
Stoltenberg: NATO will support Ukraine for as long as it takes
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance would continue to support Ukraine for as long as it takes. He added NATO would never recognize the annexation of Ukrainian territory. "If Russia stops fighting, there will be no war. If Ukraine stops fighting – Ukraine will cease to exist as an independent state," he added.
How Western heavy weaponry can make a difference in the war in Ukraine
“Artillery sweat saves infantry blood.” The Ukrainian military has this saying for a reason. It has been weeks since Ukraine began to ask desperately for heavy western weaponry, particularly advanced tubed and rocket artillery, as part of an effort to turn the tide of Russia’s invasion, which is not
Historic loss of flagship deals humiliating blow to Russia's naval power
The Russian-Ukrainian war has produced yet another hallmark event in the history of warfare. On April 14, after 49 days of Russia’s all-out war, Ukraine inflicted a devastating blow upon the Kremlin’s pride and the symbol of its naval power in the Black Sea. Missile cruiser Moskva, the
Chief pilot of destroyed An-225: ‘We must complete the second Mriya’
HOSTOMEL, Kyiv Oblast — Like so many pilots across the world, Dmytro Antonov, the crew commander of the Antonov An-225 Mriya aircraft, has his own little pre-flight rituals. The world’s biggest and strongest cargo airplane, the master of many flight records, Mriya required special reverence. It had its own spirit
Eugene Czolij: Bucha is a wake-up call for more effective measures to support Ukraine
Images of dead civilians lying on the streets of Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv, with their hands tied behind their backs shocked the international community and shamed Putin’s apologists, including all those who had felt sympathy for the “young demoralized Russian soldiers” – as these atrocities were committed by Russian
Ukraine seeks security guarantees 'stronger than NATO's,' outlines other terms for peace deal with Russia
Ukraine is seeking security guarantees that are stronger than NATO's Article 5, David Arakhamia, the leader of President Volodymyr Zelensky's faction in the parliament and head of the Ukrainian delegation during the ongoing peace negotiations with Russia, said on March 29. Arakhamia was speaking following a round of peace talks
Ukrainian refugees, diaspora rally in Brussels during NATO summit, demand more Western support for Ukraine
A large demonstration took place in Brussels on March 24, with protesters gathering to demand tougher sanctions against Russia on the occasion of U.S President Joe Biden’s visit to Brussels for a summit on Ukraine. The event, organized by Ukrainian-led advocacy group Promote Ukraine, took place in front
Is Putin going to launch a nuclear war?
Days after launching a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin ordered to put his country's nuclear deterrent forces on alert, effectively threatening the world with a nuclear war. With the ongoing military invasion proving to be extremely costly for Russia, the key question now is whether Putin is
Ukraine’s old air defense proves unexpectedly effective in combat
No one really expected it — but after three weeks of Russia’s all-out war, Ukraine’s air defense is still exceeding expectations. This branch of service not only managed to largely survive Russia’s massive missile attacks in the invasion’s early hours. It took up the fight and prevented
Eugene Czolij: NATO member states must provide Ukraine with fighter jets without further delay
On 14-16 September 2005, over 170 heads of state and government met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York during the 2005 World Summit, later described as the “largest gathering of world leaders in history,” and adopted the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document. The UN website states: “In paragraphs