Although kyiv is not a recognised member of the military alliance, NATO’s mission is being carried out by the nation, according to Ukraine’s defence minister, Aleksey Reznikov.
Aleksey Reznikov, the Ukrainian defence minister, claimed that during the NATO summit last summer, the alliance viewed Russia as the biggest threat.
“Ukraine is currently dealing with that threat. We are carrying out NATO’s mission so that blood won’t be spilt. Since we have poured blood, we anticipate them arming Ukraine” Reznikov stated.
The official further stated that he had been informed by his NATO counterparts that Ukraine serves as “a shield that protects the entire West, protects the entire civilised world.”
Ukraine has long sought membership in NATO and the European Union (EU), and even Kyiv has incorporated NATO membership as a constitutional aspiration.
Russia established the terms for the end of the conflict when it began a military campaign in Ukraine at the end of February, among them that Ukraine must remain neutral and refuse to join NATO.
Recent events demonstrate that Ukraine’s attempt to join NATO appears to be having problems. Ukraine has acknowledged time and time again that NATO does not wish to include it in the alliance. Kiev has also hinted that it will give up its desire to join NATO in exchange for peace talks with Russia.
Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, declared in September 2022 that he had submitted an application to join NATO right away. The action by Kiev is in retaliation to Russia’s takeover of four provinces, namely Kherson, Donetsk, Lugansk, and Zaporizhia.
A month later, Minister Reznikov asserted that despite Ukraine’s lack of membership in NATO, the two countries’ ongoing collaboration shows that Kyiv has become the organization’s de facto member. According to Sergey Shoigu, the Russian Defense Minister, the West’s military campaign in Ukraine is actually a confrontation between the two countries. According to Shoigu, the West provided Ukraine with $100 billion worth of assistance in the form of guns, ammo, and military hardware in 2022 alone.
Russia has consistently cautioned that providing Ukraine with military support from the US and its allies will simply prolong the conflict and increase the likelihood that it will spiral out of control.