NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that Russia would not immediately suspend its attacks on Ukraine.
On the contrary, in a few weeks, Russian troops will embark on a new mission to capture the entire Donbass.
He made the remarks at a news conference in Brussels, Belgium.
“We now see Russian troops moving out of the vicinity of Kiev to regroup, re-energize, arm and secure supplies, and look to the west of Ukraine,” he said.
“In the next few weeks, we fear that Russia will increase its attacks to the west and south,” he said. Their mission is to occupy the entire Donbass and make direct contact with the occupied Crimea.
Russia, meanwhile, forcibly annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, six years ago. Since then, the country has been claiming Crimea as part of its territory. However, Ukraine has not yet recognized Crimea as part of Russia.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that the United States will continue to support Ukraine in its efforts to stop Russia’s aggression.