War in Ukraine: We are de facto members of the NATO alliance – the minister of defense of Ukraine

  • Author, Hugo Bachega
  • Authority, BBC news
  • Report from Kyiv

Oleksii Reznikov said he believed Russia was trying to stock up on troops and weapons for a new offensive in the south and east.

According to the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Ukraine has become a de facto member of the NATO alliance. Western countries, once worried that military assistance would be seen as an escalation from Russia, have changed their “thinking approach”.

In an interview with the BBC, Oleksii Reznikov said he believed Ukraine would receive the long-sought weapons, including tanks and fighter jets, as Ukraine and Russia appeared to be preparing for more fresh offensives in the spring.

“Concerns about the next level of escalation, to me, are kind of a protocol,” explains Reznikov.

“Ukraine as a state, and the Armed Forces of Ukraine, have become [un] NATO member. De facto, not de jure (by law). Because we have guns, and we know how to use them.”

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