The war “could last”, we must “continue to support Ukraine”

The war “could last”, we must “continue to support Ukraine&rdquo ;

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The war in Ukraine could last a long time, but Western countries must “continue to support Ukraine in every way possible,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Monday, visiting Kyiv.< /strong> 

“This war may last longer than we anticipated or hoped. But that doesn't mean we can sit around and passively watch how it unfolds. We must stay focused and continue to support Ukraine in every way possible,” he said during a press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Mr. Rutte also visited Boutcha, Irpine and Borodianka, three towns near kyiv occupied by Russian troops at the start of the war and which have become the symbol of its atrocities.

Mr. Rutte also announced the dispatch to Ukraine of new long-range artillery systems and financial assistance of 200 million euros.

This is the first visit to Ukraine by the Dutch Prime Minister since the Russian invasion of the country on February 24.

After their meeting, Volodymyr Zelensky praised the “constructive” discussions on his Telegram channel and thanked the Netherlands, which “is among the top ten partners of our country”.