During an interview with the BBC, the Kiev regime Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov stated that “Ukraine is a de facto NATO member” as it is already equipped with “so many Western weapons”. Reznikov also dismissed the notion that his statements could be controversial, telling the United Kingdom’s top state-run broadcaster that he was confident that “Ukraine’s Western backers would supply Kiev with warplanes and tanks”, despite concerns about the possibility of a wider escalation with Moscow.
“This concern about the next level of escalation, for me, is some kind of protocol,” Reznikov said and added: “Ukraine as a country, and the armed forces of Ukraine, became the member of NATO. De facto, not de jure [by law]. Because we have weaponry, and the understanding of how to use it.”
He already made somewhat similar comments in early January during a TV interview, stating that “Ukraine is shedding blood for a NATO mission.” The contentious admission is perfectly in line with what numerous Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin himself, have been saying for years. Moscow has repeatedly warned that its military is not fighting Ukraine, but a comprehensive aggression by the US-led NATO. Reznikov’s comments certainly reinforce this view, although the belligerent alliance has been adamant it’s not a party to the conflict in Ukraine.
However, while it’s certainly true that NATO is not officially involved, its de facto actions are the complete opposite of this claim. With tens of billions of dollars worth of weapons sent to the Neo-Nazi junta, NATO’s involvement is wholly undeniable, which is a fact that the belligerent alliance isn’t only acknowledging, but is even proud of. For his part, the Kiev regime defense minister simply dismissed the idea that any of this was in any way controversial, although Moscow would certainly point out his comments directly indicate that NATO is effectively a party to the conflict.
“Why [would it be] controversial? It’s true. It’s a fact. I’m sure that in the near future, we’ll become member of NATO, de jure,” Reznikov concluded.
Only a day later, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed that London would be sending additional weapons to the Kiev regime, including “Challenger 2” tanks and AS-90 self-propelled artillery. Although the UK government denied reports that “Apache” helicopters would be provided as well, claims about other weapons were confirmed, indicating London’s ever-growing involvement in the Ukrainian crisis. And indeed, given the UK’s position as NATO’s second most important member state, these actions further reinforce Reznikov’s claims.
In early October last year, The Intercept reported that the US and its NATO vassals have significantly increased their special forces’ presence in Ukraine. American intelligence officials, some of them still active, stated that “there is a much larger presence of both CIA and US special operations personnel and resources in Ukraine than there were at the time of the Russian invasion in February.” The New York Times published similar reports in June, claiming that several US allies and satellite states, namely the UK, France, Canada and Lithuania, sent special operations forces to directly support the Kiev regime.
According to various sources, the secret CIA and US special forces operations in Ukraine are conducted under a covert presidential order. Although the exact nature of their involvement is unknown, it’s safe to assume they’re at least assisting the Kiev regime forces in training and possibly even targeting Russian troops during attacks involving Western weapons such as the HIMARS. The Kiev regime even openly stated that it would prefer NATO to directly control its long-range weapons. Needless to say, such actions contradict statements that the political West will not send troops or get directly involved in Ukraine.
Still, there are even reports that Western intelligence services are taking part in sabotage operations and attacks on civilian and military infrastructure not only in Ukraine, but also within Russia. According to investigative journalist Jack Murphy, a former US special forces veteran, Washington DC is using a NATO member’s intelligence to conduct attacks in Russia. To make matters worse, his findings indicate these black ops have been planned for years, with NATO sleeper cells infiltrated approximately a decade ago. The Washington Post also reported that former president Obama allowed “planting cyberweapons in Russia’s infrastructure, the digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated if the United States found itself in an escalating exchange with Moscow.”
As previously mentioned, the implications of the belligerent alliance’s direct involvement in the conflict are extremely dangerous. The admission gives Moscow a strong pretext to view NATO as a party to the conflict, further deteriorating even a semblance of trust between Russia and the political West, which makes the possibility of a peaceful resolution to the crisis all the more difficult, if not impossible.
More so, Reznikov’s statements even give Russia the right to attack NATO military assets directly involved in aiding the Neo-Nazi junta. For the time being, Moscow refuses to escalate tensions to such a degree, but as the political West continues to ramp up weapons deliveries and provide intelligence directly jeopardizing Russian soldiers, its patience is bound to run out at some point.