BRUSSELS — As Ukraine’s head of mission to NATO, Yehor Bozhok has a front-row seat into what the military alliance is thinking about Russia and Ukraine.
He likes what he sees and hears. He sees no chance that the West will sell out Ukraine. He also sees no chance that Ukraine will sell out itself, meaning surrender the Donbas – where Russia’s war has claimed 10,000 lives since 2014 – or give up its claim to Russian-occupied Crimea.
Compromising on Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty “is a no-go for us. This is a no-go for our NATO partners,” Bozhok told the Kyiv Post in a Feb. 15 interview in NATO headquarters on the sidelines of a meeting of NATO defense ministers. “If we all agree or accept what Russia did, the Pandora’s box will be open. The cost of tackling Russian aggression in the future will be much higher. Russia has to go out of Ukraine. That is the red line. This is something all allies here unanimously support.”