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Brussels – A month after the war in Ukraine, NATO leaders are meeting in Brussels today. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says they all have the same goal.
“We are determined to continue to impose costs on Russia to end this brutal war,” Stoltenberg said at the start of the summit.
President Biden is among the leaders attending today’s special emergency summit. Speaking on Wednesday, Stoltenberg said the alliance would agree to a “major increase” in troops on the eastern edge of Europe.
Prior to his visit to Poland on Friday, Biden will also meet with G-7 countries and address the European Union in Brussels.
NATO has amassed 140,000 troops in the region since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in February. The United States has provided the lion’s share of the armed forces.
“NATO and its partners around the world are united in condemning Russia and standing by it,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “However, it is also there to support the Ukrainians and to stand up and fight for the values that underlie all our democracies.”
In the first month of the war in Ukraine, about 40,000 Russian soldiers were killed, wounded, captured or disappeared. This is according to a NATO estimate which puts the number at 7,000 to 15,000.
The Kremlin has refused to release official figures. A spokesman said the release was “exclusive privilege” for the defense ministry.
At least 264 Ukrainian civilians have been killed in Kiev. The city mayor added that more than 300 people had been injured and that 80 buildings in Kiev had been destroyed. Before the war, Kyiv was home to about three million people.
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