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Bakhmut may fall, but it is unlikely to represent a turning point in the conflict, as per NATO chief

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NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that Russian forces could soon fully take over the besieged city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine, but it's not likely to be a turning point in the war.

He said that although Russian forces had sustained significant losses, "Bakhmut may ultimately succumb in the next days. Thus, it is also necessary to emphasise that this does not necessarily signal any turning point of the conflict and only emphasises the fact that we should not underestimate Russia. "We must continue to help Ukraine," he stated while attending a conference of EU defence ministers in Stockholm.

"Russia's campaign of aggression against Ukraine continues, and in recent weeks and months, we have witnessed heavy combat in and around Bakhmut, and what we see is that Russia is putting in more soldiers, more forces, and what Russia lacks in quality, they attempt to make up for in quantity," he continued.

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