NewsUkraine's NATO membership closer than ever, says NATO Chief on Russia invasion anniversary

Ukraine's NATO membership closer than ever, says NATO Chief on Russia invasion anniversary

Jens Stoltenberg announced that Ukraine will join NATO. The photo shows a meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky from August 2023 in Kiev.
Jens Stoltenberg announced that Ukraine will join NATO. The photo shows a meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky from August 2023 in Kiev.
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12:21 PM EST, February 24, 2024

"Today marks two years since Russian tanks entered Ukraine. This initiated the largest war in Europe since the Second World War," Stoltenberg began, "We honor all the brave Ukrainians who have fallen or been wounded while protecting their homeland."

"The situation on the battlefield remains critically serious. Putin's objective to subdue Ukraine remains constant, and there's no sign that he is ready for peace," added the NATO Chief.

A call to action from NATO

Nevertheless, Stoltenberg urged not to despair.

"Ukraine has repeatedly demonstrated remarkable talent and fierce resolve. Ukraine did not succumb within a few weeks, as many had anticipated. You have reclaimed half of the territory seized by Russia. You have pushed Russia back from a considerable portion of the Black Sea. Additionally, you have inflicted significant casualties on the Russian forces," enumerated the Norwegian.

"Above all else, Ukraine has kept its freedom and independence. This was achievable due to your bravery and resolve. It was also made possible due to significant military and economic backing from NATO allies. In recent times, NATO members have declared new aid packages worth billions of dollars. They consist of essential resources such as ammunition for artillery, air defense, and combat boats, in addition to equipment and spare parts for F-16 fighters, drones, and mine-clearing equipment. More assistance is on its way," announced Stoltenberg.

He reminded us that Vladimir Putin instigated the war in order to shut Ukraine out of NATO, but instead he ended up achieving the exact opposite.

"Ukraine is now nearer to NATO than ever before. We are assisting in improving your armed forces' compatibility with our allies. We are opening a new Joint Center for Analysis, Training and Education in Poland together. We're also strengthening our political relationship through the NATO-Ukraine Council, where we consult and make decisions together. Ukraine's enlistment in NATO isn't a question of if, but rather when. In anticipation of this day, NATO will continue to support Ukraine for both their and our security," concluded the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance.

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