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NATO chief says Ukraine facing ‘brutality’ unseen in Europe since WWII

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NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday urged alliance leaders heading to a summit in Madrid to keep up their backing for Ukraine as it faces an onslaught from Russia.

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“It is extremely important that we are ready to continue to provide support because Ukraine now faces a brutality which we haven’t seen in Europe since the Second World War,” Stoltenberg said ahead of the gathering in Spain.

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NATO allies have funneled billions of dollars of arms to Kyiv – including increasingly heavy and longer-range weapons – as it battles to hold back the Kremlin’s forces.

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The alliance is set to agree an additional joint package at the summit in Madrid that will include secure communications equipment, anti-drone systems and training to help Ukraine switch to more modern Western weapons in the longer term.

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy – who is set to address NATO leaders – tweeted that he had spoken to Stoltenberg in the run-up to stress “the importance of a powerful missile defense system for Ukraine to prevent Russian terrorist attacks.”

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That call came after a Russian missile strike on a mall in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk, which drew angry condemnation from Kyiv’s Western backers.

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shaken NATO and reshaped the security situation in Europe.

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Stoltenberg has said the US-led military alliance will unveil the largest overhaul of its defense and deterrence since the end of the Cold War.

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