NATO’s Response To The Conflict In The Ukraine


MaximillianoBermudez and Eberechi Chilaka , Contributors

NATO has vehemently opposed the invasion of Ukraine, condemning Russia’s brutal and unprovoked war against the Ukraine. Although Ukraine is not a NATO member, it is a close friend of Ukraine and has good relations with the country. NATO has only come to support Ukraine in defending itself and support the country with military aid and financial aid, so it may exercise its fundamental right to protect itself. NATO completed this task by putting the Article 5 security section into motion, allowing other allies within NATO to help aid Ukraine. Such counties as the United States have given more than 17.5 billion dollars in military aid. Furthermore, to not approach Russia aggressively but diplomatically, the United States has enforced sanctions on Russia. They are crippling Russia’s economy, causing the people of Russia to have low morale.

NATO refuses to send troops or close the skies over Ukraine, since it would provoke greater conflict. The Alliance’s responsibility is to ensure that the war doesn’t escalate past Ukraine, which would be extremely dangerous. Enforcing a no-fly zone would bring direct conflict with Russia and would escalate the war, causing more suffering and destruction. Instead, NATA deployed over a thousand troops under its direct command to enhance the defense of its member countries and citizens. It quickly established four new multinational battle groups in Estonia, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. NATO also increased the strength of Ukraine’s infrastructure by increasing their cyber capabilities and defenses. NATO has further increased their naval presence in the Baltic and North Seas and are increasing security around vital installations and essential pieces of the infrastructure. In addition, NATO has enhanced their preparedness for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, increasing their energy security and strengthening their resilience to hybrid threats, including disinformation. Russia’s threats with nuclear rhetoric are viewed as very dangerous.

NATO has conveyed a message to Russia, letting them know a nuclear war will not lead them to victory and shouldn’t be used. The use of chemical weapons could cause severe consequences for Russia. The Russian foreign ministry claimed that the Ukrainian had a biological weapons program. This led NATO to call out Russia for disinformation and lies about Ukraine, which they used to justify their invasion of Ukraine. At the 2022 NATO summit in Madrid, the allies agreed to strengthen the cap and provide even more help to Ukraine. Under the new strengthened cap, NATO has delivered projects which included combat rations, fuel material, army boots, medical supplies, and military training equipment. Other projects included support to Ukraine in the area of C4, which is still in development.