NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg described the situation on the frontline in Ukraine as "extremely difficult, especially in the East". When commenting on the battlefield developments for journalists in Brussels, the Secretary General noted that the casualties were high, the fighting was intense, and the frontline "hasn’t shifted in a significant way", according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
"We need to distinguish between the fact that the frontline is not moving so much and the fact that there’s actually very heavy fighting going on. And again, we are impressed by the bravery and competence of the Ukrainian forces and also their ability to strike behind the Russian lines deep into Russian-controlled territory," said Stoltenberg.
He also added that "even though the frontline hasn't moved so much, the Ukrainians have been able to inflict heavy losses on the Russian forces."
"Military achievements can partly be measured by square meters but also by the losses you are able to inflict on your adversary... The Ukrainians have been able to inflict heavy losses on the Russian invaders, both measured in personnel and casualties and by taking out their fighting capabilities. So these are significant gains. And they have also been able to push back the Russian Black Sea fleet from big parts of the Black Sea. So this remains important military gains, even though we haven’t seen significant territorial gains in months," Stoltenberg emphasized.