By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
KYIV/BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – The secretary general of the NATO military alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, warned Wednesday that Russia could capture the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut “in the coming days.”
Jens Stoltenberg spoke about the months-long Battle of Bakhmut, believed to have killed as many as thousands of soldiers.
Earlier, the Russian paramilitary Wagner group claimed its forces had surrounded the city. “They have suffered big losses, but at the same time, we cannot rule out that Bakhmut may eventually fall in the coming days,” the NATO secretary general said, referring to Russia.
“Therefore, it is also important to highlight that this does not necessarily reflect any turning point of the war. [It] just highlights that we should not underestimate Russia and should continue to provide support to Ukraine,” Stoltenberg added.
His remarks came as officials confirmed Wednesday that NATO ally Germany inspected a ship suspected of carrying explosives to blow up the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline.
German authorities searched a vessel allegedly involved in explosions damaging the Nord Stream pipelines, which run under the Baltic Sea from Russia to Germany, said Germany’s Prosecutors Office.
The announcement followed media reports suggesting that pro-Ukrainian groups may have been responsible for the September blasts.
Kyiv has denied involvement in the attacks, while German government ministers warned against hasty conclusions about responsibility for the blasts.
Ukraine had “nothing to do with the incident in the Baltic Sea and has no information about ‘pro-Ukrainian sabotage groups,’ stressed Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhailo Podolyak.
Yet it underscored broader concerns that the war in Ukraine, with its horrific Battle of Bakhmut, is increasingly impacting nations beyond the borders.
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