The Russian war against Ukraine came dangerously close to the NATO this weekend when Russia attacked the Yavoriv military facilityrepresentative of the “spirit of military cooperation” between Ukraine and international forces.
The NATO has been forceful, the moment in which Russia affects the territory of its member countries, it will be considered an act of war. Russia had made threats against foreign arms shipments that help Ukraine.
20 kilometers from the border with Polandthe base – also known as the International Center for Peacekeeping and Security – has been used to train to ukrainian military personnelusing instructors from the United Statess and other countries NATO affiliates.
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WHY DO THE ALARMS TURN ON?
Since Russia announced a “special military operation” that resulted in the invasion of Ukraine On February 24, US officials and analysts warned of a possible escalation of the conflict to a wider war.
The Article 5 is “the very heart” of the founding treaty of the NATO: the principle of collective defense which means that an attack against an “ally” is considered as an attack against all members. Poland is a member country.
ON NATO ARTICLE 5
The NATO invoked the Article 5 for the first time in its history after the terrorist attacks of the 11 of September against United States.
Russia has attacked Ukraine by sky, sea and land, but if Russia launches cyber attacks against Ukraine, the damage could extend beyond the borders of the country. The president of US Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warnerwarned of this possibility on the first day of the Russian invasion.
“If you close hospitals in Poland because there is no power, you are rapidly approaching what could be seen as a violation of NATO Article 5… so we are in uncharted territory,” Warner said.
WHY DID RUSSIA ATTACK THAT BASE?
The Russian Ministry of Defense It reported that the airstrike destroyed “a large number of weapons supplied by foreign nations” that were stored at the facility and killed “up to 180 foreign mercenaries.”
For Russiathe site symbolizes one of the main complaints that, according to their statements, caused their invasion in Ukraine: The military alliance with Western countries is getting closer to Eastern Europe and Russian territory.
THE ‘THREAT’ IS NOT SO REAL ANYMORE
Although the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has expressed an interest in joining the NATOyou don’t have a direct path to your membership because you would have to implement reforms important in your army.
“Regarding NATO, I have calmed down on this question a long time ago after we understood that NATO is not ready to accept Ukraine,” Zelensky told ABC News in an exclusive interview.