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As Ukraine has retreated from Russian forces in recent days — retaking territory, including areas around the capital Kyiv — the NATO chief has warned that Russia is regrouping and planning to deploy soldiers to eastern and southern Ukraine “for a decisive phase of the war.”
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg: “Moscow does not abandon its ambitions in Ukraine” He said Tuesday. “We expect another push in eastern and southern Ukraine to try to capture the whole of Donbass and create a land bridge” to Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014. Russian-backed separatists in Donbass have been fighting Ukrainian forces for the past eight years.
Stoltenberg also insisted that the coalition stands ready to assist Ukraine with military equipment, a day later President Volodymyr Zelensky He pleaded for more weapons.
Zelenskyy engaged United nations’ The most powerful body, the Security Council, on Tuesday, after more horrific evidence emerged of the massacres of civilians.
At least 410 bodies were found around Kyiv and a “torture chamber” was found in Bucha.
Satellite images from Maxar Technologies showed that several bodies had been lying in the streets for weeks. New York times It was first mentioned in the photographs showing the dead.
More than 4 million Ukrainians have fled the country since the offensive began and more than 7 million have been displaced within Ukraine, according to the United Nations.
Russia has rejected allegations of atrocities, saying without evidence that the horrific scenes were faked and Moscow said it would speak about Bucha at the United Nations on Tuesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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