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Russia-Ukraine War: NATO warns against ‘underestimating’ Putin

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has warned it would be “dangerous to underestimate” Russia over the nearly-year-long war in Ukraine.

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NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg warns it would be “dangerous to underestimate” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ambitions in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s military says more than 800 Russian soldiers were killed in the past 24 hours, mostly in fighting in the eastern Donetsk region.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has warned it would be “dangerous to underestimate” Russia over the nearly-year-long war in Ukraine.

“They have shown a great willingness to tolerate losses and suffering,” Stoltenberg told a business conference in Norway.

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“We have no indication that President [Vladimir] Putin has changed his plans and goals in Ukraine. So it’s dangerous to underestimate Russia,” he added.

Russia’s war in Ukraine, the largest in Europe since World War II, has killed tens of thousands of people, driven millions from their homes and reduced vast swathes of the country to rubble.

More than 800 Russian troops killed in past 24 hours: Ukrainian military

Ukraine says more than 800 Russian soldiers have been killed in the past 24 hours, mostly in fighting in the country’s partly-occupied eastern Donetsk region.

Giving its regular morning roundup of the war, Ukraine’s military said Russian troops were focused on an offensive in the city of Bakhmut. It added they had launched unsuccessful attacks on the city of Avdiivka, in Donetsk, and the city of Kupiansk, in the northeastern Kharkiv region.

The military said one aircraft, a helicopter and three tanks were also destroyed amid the fighting.

France to supply Ukraine with light armoured combat vehicles

French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged his government will send light AMX-10 RC armoured combat vehicles to Ukraine following talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“It is the first time that Western-designed tanks are supplied to the Ukrainian armed forces,” the French presidency said after both leaders spoke by telephone on Wednesday. No other details were provided.

Zelenskyy, for his part, thanked Macron “for the decision to transfer light tanks” to Ukraine in a post on Twitter.

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