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Russia-Ukraine war live: Jens Stoltenberg warns against conflict spiralling into Russia-Nato war

Nato chief says alliance working ‘every day’ to avoid the fighting turning into a wider war

Residents stand in the yard of their destroyed apartment building in Bakhmut, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Donetsk region, Ukraine.

Boris Johnson has urged western countries to “look urgently” at what more they can do to support Ukraine in the hopes of ending the war against Russia as soon as next year.

There is no land-for-peace deal to be done, even if Mr Putin were offering it and even if he were to be trusted, which he is not. Since the war can end only one way, the question is how fast we get to the inevitable conclusion.

It’s in everyone’s interest, including Russia’s, that the curtain comes down as soon as possible on Mr Putin’s misadventure. Not in 2025, not in 2024, but in 2023.

The longer Mr Putin continues with his senseless attacks, the longer the global economic haemorrhage will continue as well. Are we really going to wait and let this thing drift until Mr Putin has regained some of his leverage?

It is time to look urgently at what more the west can do to help the Ukrainians achieve their military objectives, or at least to kick the Russians out of all the territories invaded this year.

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