NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has urged military alliance leaders to continue to support Ukraine amid the Russian attack.
“It is extremely important that we stand ready to provide support as Ukraine faces an atrocity that we have not seen in Europe since World War II,” Stoltenberg said shortly before the start of the NATO summit in the Spanish capital Madrid.
NATO allies have already funnelled billions of euros worth of weapons to Ukraine. The alliance will come to the summit with an additional joint package, including secure communications equipment, anti-drone systems and training to help Ukraine transition to more modern Western weapons.
Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky, who will address NATO leaders, tweeted that he had emphasized to Stoltenberg the importance of Ukraine to get a strong missile defence system “to prevent Russian terrorist attacks”. The request follows, among other things, the deadly Russian missile attack on the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine shocked NATO and drastically changed the security situation in Europe. Stoltenberg has already announced NATO’s biggest reform since the end of the so-called Cold War against the former Soviet Union.