The NATO secretary general said Russia is waging a war of attrition against Ukraine, using about 20.000 shells daily against soldiers and civilians. Putin finds military support from authoritarian East Korea and Iran. For its part, Ukraine uses 4.000-7.000 shells every day in defence, which exceeds the annual supply of a small European country.
"President Putin doesn't plan for peace, he's planning for more war," Jens Stoltenberg.
Addressing the members of the Alliance, Stoltenberg called for the upcoming summit in Vilnius to increase NATO's defence percentage to 2% of GDP. The secretary called the goal of NATO "to enable the Ukrainians to launch an offensive and to retake territory."
The shortage of artillery shells could be a problem, so Ukraine is starting its own production of 122-calibre, and the EU is exploring the possibility of providing a million shells for the Ukrainian army.