Russia is gaining an advantage in the war in Ukraine thanks to a greater number of soldiers and materials supplied by China and North Korea and other countries, the Norwegian military intelligence service warned on Monday. TASR informs about it according to the report of the AFP agency.
Ukraine will need significant military assistance from the West to turn the situation around, he declared the head of the Norwegian military intelligence service, Nils Andreas Stensönes. “Russia is now in a stronger position in this war than it was a year ago and is in the process of gaining an advantage,” said Stensönes to journalists at the presentation of the annual risk report.
He pointed out that Russia has been able to mobilize about three times as many troops as Ukraine and that it is handling sanctions better than expected. At the same time, according to Stensönes, its industry can produce more ammunition, combat vehicles, drones and missiles, which allows the Russian military to “sustain the war effort all year round”.
Russia also receives military aid from North Korea, Iran, Belarus and China, with Beijing sending Moscow not weapons but machines, vehicles, electronics and spare parts for Russia’s arms industry, Stensönes said.
“Ukrainian forces will need significant arms assistance from the West to be able to defend themselves and regain the initiative in the conflict,” said the head of Norwegian military intelligence. At the same time, he pointed to Kiev’s requests for ammunition, long-range weapons, air defense, tanks and fighters. “Norway and Europe must be prepared to take greater responsibility for ensuring their own security and the security of their allies,” said Norwegian Minister of Defense Björn Arild Gram alongside Stensönes.
Norway, along with Denmark and the Netherlands, agreed to supply Ukraine with the F-16 fighter jets it had requested from its allies. The United States has been Ukraine’s main military sponsor since the beginning of the invasion, but the US Congress is unable to agree on further aid. In addition, the prospect of Donald Trump’s return to the White House also places greater responsibility on Europe.