Ukraine could win the war against Russia, said the NATO Secretary General, insisting that Russia’s invasion “is not going as planned by Moscow.”

Jens Stoltenberg spoke on Sunday at a meeting with NATO members, although he addressed them through video when he was cured of COVID-19.

He said: “Russia’s war in Ukraine is not going as planned by Moscow.

“They failed to take Kyiv. They are retreating from the outskirts of Kharkov. Their main offensive in the Donbass stopped.

“Russia is not achieving its strategic goals.

“Ukraine can win this war.”

This comes at a time when Finland and Sweden are approaching NATO membership, ending decades of neutrality despite persistent objections from Russia.

Almost three months after Russia invaded Ukraine, it struggled with low morale, poor strategy, heavy losses – troops and equipment – and weak supply lines.

But one of the main factors was the strict protection of both professional Ukrainian servicemen and civilians.

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The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky was also sure, promising that his country would be ready to host Eurovision next year after winning a song contest over the weekend.

He said: “Step by step we are forcing the occupiers to leave the Ukrainian land.”

Russian troops have retreated from the vicinity of Kharkov, although shelling continues in the wider Kharkiv region.

One Ukrainian battalion published a video of its soldiers reaching the border with Russia, one of whom said that the unit had come “to the line of separation with the Russian Federation, the occupying country. Mr. President, we have reached it. We are here. “

The UK Ministry of Defense said: “In the current context, Russia is unlikely to accelerate sharply over the next 30 days.”

81 days of war in Ukraine

Key events:
• NATO and the United States say they are confident that Turkey will not delay Finland and Sweden’s membership applications.
• Ukraine blows up two railway bridges seized by Russian troops in eastern Luhansk region
• The Ukrainian prosecutor’s office has launched a criminal investigation into Russia’s alleged use of incendiary bombs at the Azovstal plant in Mariupol. International law prohibits their use to target enemy or civilian personnel
• The city of Mariupol is largely under Russian control, but several hundred Ukrainian troops remain near the metallurgical plant, refusing to surrender. Their wives called on the whole world to achieve their liberation

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Successful defense of Kharkiv means Ukrainians could threaten Russia’s ambitions in Donbas
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Russian forces may have failed to take the two largest cities, Kyiv and Kharkiv, but in the southeastern industrial center of Donbas, Ukraine has fought Russian-backed separatists for eight years and the struggle continues.

Over the weekend, Russian troops attacked a chemical plant and 11 houses in Severodonetsk (Donbass). Two people were killed and residents were ordered to remain in underground shelters.

In the western Yavoriv region of Ukraine, near the border with Poland, Russian missiles destroyed a number of military facilities. This area is the main gateway for weapons supplied to Ukraine from the West.

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