Ukraine Shifts Ground, Says It's not Joining NATO

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Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky has said Ukraine has accepted not become a member of NATO.

He urged his country me to accept his decision that Ukraine will not join NATO.

“Ukraine is not a member of NATO. We understand that. We have heard for years that the doors were open, but we also heard that we could not join. It’s a truth and it must be recognized,” Zelensky says during a call with the country's military leaders.

Zelensky said Ukraine will abide by this decision of the neighbouring countries like Russia will guarantee security of his citizens.

The possibility of Ukraine joining NATO, a US-led military alliance, was one justifications Russia used  for its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. 

On 24 February 2022, Russia began what it called “special military operation” in Ukraine, aimed at demilitarization of Ukraine. Russia received a push back by Ukraine, which has led to escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict that had begun in 2014. It is the largest military conflict in Europe since World War II, where thousands of both military and civilian population have suffered casualties. United Nation says its Humanitarian officer in Ukraine has records death of over 1,123 civilian deaths on Ukrainian side. 

The invasion has caused the largest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II with over three millions of people displaced, as Ukrainians flee to other European countries like Poland.

On March 7, Russia listed Ukraine agreeing not to join NATO as one of the conditions for immediate and withdrawal of its troops from Ukraine.

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