NATO says ‘it’s up to Ukraine to decide acceptable way’ as Kyiv compelled to give up land to Russia

NATO says ‘it’s up to Ukraine to decide acceptable way’ as Kyiv compelled to give up land to Russia
Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 27/11/2023

- 15:28

Updated: 27/11/2023

- 15:34

Stoltenberg claimed we are facing 'the most dangerous world in decades'.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said we are facing the most dangerous world in decades.

Despite Russia suffering some of the worst casualties since its invasion of Ukraine, there are suggestions that Kyiv could be compelled to give up some of its land to Moscow as part of a deal to end the conflict.

According to numbers posted by the UK's Ministry of Defence today, Russia probably suffered some of its highest rates of casualties during November, with daily average losses of 931. The previous record was 776, which was the average number of daily losses incurred by Russia in March, 2023, during its assault on Bakhmut.

These are some of the highest casualty rates of the war so far, and are likely due to Russia’s offensive against the Donbas town of Avdiivka, according to a social media post today by the UK's Defence Ministry.

Hosting a pre-ministerial press conference in Brussels, Stoltenberg addressed the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, and said he "welcomed" the agreement between Hamas and Israel, following the release of hostages and humanitarian aid.

Stoltenberg was then asked about suggestions that Ukraine may be compelled to give up some land to Russia in exchange for NATO membership.

The Secretary General said: "It is up to Ukraine to decide what are acceptable ways to end this war.

"Our responsibility is to support Ukraine, and to enable them to liberate as much land as possible and put them in the best possible place when or if negotiations may start. Wars are, by nature, unpredictable.

"We have seen no sign that President Putin is planning for peace. He's actually planning for more war.

"So, what we do know is that the more military support we provide to Ukraine, the stronger their position will be on the battlefield, and the stronger their position will be at a potential negotiating table."


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