© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the media, exterior Quantity 10 Downing Road, in London, Britain, November 9, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
LONDON (Reuters) -NATO Secretary Basic Jens Stoltenberg mentioned on Wednesday it was “encouraging” to see Ukrainian forces with the ability to liberate extra of the nation’s territory, after Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered his troops to withdraw from Kherson.
Talking in Downing Road, the place he was assembly British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Stoltenberg mentioned: “It’s encouraging to see how the courageous Ukrainian forces are in a position to liberate extra Ukrainian territory.
“The victories, the good points the Ukrainian armed forces are making belong to the courageous, brave Ukrainian troopers, however in fact the help they obtain from the UK, from NATO allies and companions can be important,” he added.
Requested later throughout an interview with Sky Information in regards to the Kherson retreat, he mentioned: “It is a part of an total sample or image we have now seen during the last month that Russia has completely misplaced the momentum.”
“However we must always not underestimate Russia, they nonetheless have capabilities,” he added. “We’ve seen the drones, we have now seen the missile assaults. It exhibits that Russia can nonetheless inflict numerous harm.”
Following the assembly with Sunak, a Downing Road spokesperson mentioned the pair had emphasised the significance of continuous to help Ukrainian sovereignty.
“(Stoltenberg) thanked the prime minister for the UK’s help for Ukraine, which the prime minister confirmed would proceed beneath his management for so long as wanted,” the spokesperson mentioned in a press release.
Earlier, Stoltenberg joined British defence minister Ben Wallace to watch the coaching of Ukrainian troops in southeast England, as Britain introduced the supply of an additional 12,000 excessive cold-weather sleeping kits for Ukraine.