President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia has no intention of occupying Ukraine, but rather to “demilitarize” Ukraine. President Putin said in December that Russia would seek “reliable and long-term security assurances” from North America and its allies “that would prevent NATO from moving further east and deploying weapons systems that threaten Russia in its vicinity” on Russian soil. “President Putin accused North America and its allies of ignoring Russia’s demands to prevent Ukraine from joining NATO and provide security guarantees to Moscow. President Putin explained that President Putin sees Ukraine’s desire to join NATO as a threat to Russia’s borders and Russia’s sphere of influence.
A key source of friction that led to the statement was Ukraine’s desire to join NATO, which President Putin strongly opposed. This is why Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that Ukraine’s positioning of the EU and NATO (although Russian aggression is largely related to it) is untenable for the Kremlin’s national security. Russia also has an authoritarian NATO ally, Hungarian Prime Minister Orban, who could help avoid any future consensus, while other NATO members such as Germany and France do not support joining Ukraine, Georgia or other post-Soviet states. Other NATO members fear that Russia will react positively if Ukraine joins NATO.
NATO countries will not go to war against Russia unless a member state is attacked as Russian troops invaded Ukraine from Russia on Thursday morning. So far, Russia’s incursion into Ukraine has been limited to Ukraine’s border, targeting cities and bases with airstrikes or bombings, but several NATO neighbors are on high alert and have formally asked other members to discuss whether NATO should take collective action. Outrage over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, NATO and NATO member states have deployed thousands of troops to Eastern Europe to protect “coalition” members. NATO envoys met in an emergency meeting on Thursday after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a full-scale attack on Ukraine, as the alliance prepares to bolster its defenses with both countries’ neighboring allies.
In a televised speech that arrived around 10 pm. Eastern time, that is, at 5:00 a.m. Ukraine time and 6:00 a.m. Moscow time, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Moscow that Russia would conduct a military operation in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the attack was necessary to protect civilians in eastern Ukraine, but that is a false statement that the country predicted could be a pretext for an invasion. After launching an invasion of Russia on Thursday, Putin turned his attention to the West. Then on Monday, Putin stopped declaring war, but laid out the reasons for it, presenting a revisionist story that portrayed Ukraine as an illegitimate country that belonged to the Muscovite kingdom.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a “barbaric act of war” and said on Thursday morning that if Russia attacks a member state, the military alliance will defend its territory ” Every inch” – military outcome experts say unlikely. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Moscow launched an all-out attack from multiple directions, including air and missile strikes, ground and special forces, against Ukraine’s military infrastructure and major cities. Anton Glashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s democratically elected government interior minister, said on Facebook that the Russian military carried out missile attacks on Ukraine’s military command structures, air bases and military bases in Kyiv, Kharkov and Dnipro.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has declared martial law, saying Russia has launched strikes against Ukraine’s military infrastructure and explosions are heard across the country. On March 4, the regional branch of the Ukrainian state administration raised the death toll to at least 47 in a Russian air strike on the city of Chernihiv, with a population of about 300,000, located near the northeastern border with Russia. Ukraine’s Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, the largest of its kind in Europe The Ukraine’s Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant was seized by Russian forces on Friday after an attack that set fire near one of its six reactors. The United States and its allies sharply criticized Russia at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council for the night bombing and seizure of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine and the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine.
The decision not to intervene in the Ukrainian conflict comes at a difficult time for NATO, as Ukraine has expressed a desire to join a military alliance but remains largely excluded due to Russia’s strong opposition to Bonn’s further eastward expansion. Blinken, like NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg earlier in the day, vowed to continue supporting Ukraine but ruled out the possibility of a NATO no-fly zone over Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Western partners take this move. Officials in Ukraine and Eastern Europe were unhappy with the initial response, as other NATO members have yet to impose tougher sanctions that would cut off the Russian economy from the rest of the world. In 1997, Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma signed the “NATO-Ukraine Unique Partnership Charter” and publicly announced Ukraine’s intention to join NATO in 2002, with little resistance from Russia.
As Biden has already made clear, the US is unwilling to declare war on Russia and will certainly not allow Ukraine to join NATO when Russia attacks Ukraine, as that would require the entire NATO to go to war with Russia.