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Ukrainian troops deserting battle and Russian troops ‘troubled’ in morale as war set to drag on for years, says NATO chief

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  • Ukrainian forces have experienced “desertions” on the battlefield, the UK Ministry of Defense said.

  • Meanwhile, Russian forces faced “particularly troubled” morale with infighting and armed clashes.

  • NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Sunday that “no one knows” how long the war might last.

Ukrainian troops are deserting the battle as Russian troops face “troubled morale” as the Russian invasion of Ukraine could last “for years”, officials said.

“Combat units on both sides are engaged in intense fighting in Donbass and are likely experiencing variable morale,” the UK Ministry of Defense said, according to a report by The Associated Press on Sunday.

The Defense Ministry said “Ukrainian forces have likely suffered desertions in recent weeks”, but “Russian morale most likely remains particularly troubled”.

The ministry also reported that there have been “cases of entire Russian units refusing orders and armed clashes between officers and their troops continue to occur.”

The news comes as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned that “no one knows” how long the war could last, according to the AP.

“We have to be prepared for this to last for years,” Stoltenberg said, urging allies “not to weaken support for Ukraine, even if the costs are high, not just in terms of military aid, but also due to rising energy and food prices.”

Germany cut military support for Ukraine in May after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Germany and France against sending arms to Ukraine, saying it would risk “aggravating destabilization of the situation”.

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