By Andre DAMON

In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation aired Friday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that Ukraine is a “member of NATO de facto.”

Reznikov’s statement is an effective admission that the Ukrainian military has been functioning as a proxy of the NATO alliance, refuting false claims by the White House that the United States is not a party to the conflict.

Ukraine is a “member of NATO de facto,” Ukrainian defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said Friday.

“We have a lot of modern, NATO, standard weaponry,” Reznikov said. “It means that Ukraine as a country, and the armed forces of Ukraine, or our sector of security and defense became the member of NATO de facto, not de jure, because we have the weaponry, because we have the interoperability level of the communication with our partners, and I’m sure that in the next future we will become a member of NATO de jure.”

The BBC interviewer commented, “Well, that’s a controversial statement. You’re saying that Ukraine is de facto a NATO member.”

To this, Reznikov replied, “Why controversial? It’s true. It’s a fact. I’m a lawyer, you know, I’m operating with the facts.”

Reznikov’s assertion is indeed a “fact,” and is only “controversial” because the United States government and media have been lying about this “fact” for close to a year.

In May 2022, White House press spokesperson Jen Psaki was asked by a reporter, “Eight in 10 Americans are expressing worries about a wider war and the possible use of nuclear weapons by Russia.  And given that Russia has made it clear that they believe NATO has—has engaged in a proxy war, what’s the White House’s message to worried Americans right now?”

Psaki replied, “I know that is the Russian talking point on this, but it is not a proxy war.”

She added, “This is a war between Russia and Ukraine. NATO is not involved.” She added that “it’s important and vital for all of us to not repeat the Kremlin talking points on this front.”

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