NATO pledges support to neighboring countries as Russia intensifies attack on Ukraine

NATO pledges support to neighboring countries as Russia intensifies attack on Ukraine
NATO held a two-day meeting in Bucharest assuring full support to Ukraine (Henry Nicholls/Getty Images)

KYIV, UKRAINE: As Russia intensifies its war and targets eastern Ukraine, NATO is trying to garner more support from its members. It was during the NATO foreign ministers meeting on Wednesday, November 30, when Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a news conference in Bucharest, after two-day discussions, “Heat, water, electricity ... these are President Putin’s new targets. He’s hitting them hard. This brutalization of Ukraine's people is barbaric.” A $1.2 billion contract for six advanced surface-to-air missile systems known as NASAMS for Ukraine was given to Raytheon, informed Pentagon. The decision came amid a Ukrainian military claim that Russian forces tried to gain territory in eastern Ukraine and trained tank, mortar, and artillery fire on Kherson in the south.

Blinken also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had now focused ‘his ire and his fire’ on Ukraine’s civilian population. He also warned Russia that their effort to divide Ukraine’s supporters will not work. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Wednesday, November 30, that his nation requires a US-made Patriot missile defense system to protect the country’s civilian infrastructure. Since winter’s onset, Russia has been allegedly bombarding Ukraine with multiple heavy attacks. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and ministers assured and pledge their assistance to Moldova, Georgia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina as these relatively smaller nations face rising pressure from Russia.



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