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War in Ukraine will be exhausting until one of the sides runs out of steam - President of Lithuania

War in Ukraine will be exhausting until one of the sides runs out of steam - President of Lithuania President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)
Author: Maria Kholina

The war in Ukraine is expected to become protracted and exhausting, potentially lasting until one of the sides runs out of steam, according to Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda in comments to Delfi.

"We will now return to the status quo, it (the war) will again become positional and exhausting. Then the losses on both sides will be calculated, and ultimately, they will wait until one of the countries reaches the point where it can no longer continue the war," he said.

Nauseda believes that Russia will attempt to seize the initiative, while Ukraine will strive to resist this. He is confident that in the event of a breakthrough by Russian forces, Ukraine will not lose the war.

"Russia, of course, can mobilize resources, disregarding the opinion of its own people, both in terms of mobilizing people and directing everything towards military goals. The possibilities of other states are more limited simply because they are democratic societies. These are all factors, but again, it is not about Ukraine's defeat, it is about a scenario of war that is unfavorable for Ukraine," emphasized the President of Lithuania.

According to Nauseda, Moscow may display readiness for negotiations, but he sees it as mere tactical maneuvers.

The leader of Lithuania emphasized that only Ukraine will decide when to commence negotiations with Russia.

Lithuanian assistance to Ukraine

The Baltic countries - Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia - have been supporting Ukraine from the very start of the full-scale war. The Baltic nations have provided military, financial, and humanitarian aid, and have welcomed tens of thousands of refugees from Ukraine.

Lithuania has purchased two NASAMS anti-aircraft missile system launchers for Ukraine, which will help strengthen our country's air defense. In November, Lithuania announced the transfer of NASAMS launchers, necessary equipment, and off-road vehicles to Ukraine.

Later, on November 24, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal announced that the NASAMS systems provided by Lithuania were already on active duty.