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(FOX NEWS) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Friday said Kyiv had "accelerated" its application to join the NATO military alliance as Russia moved to annex four Ukrainian regions.
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It was not immediately clear how Kyiv has pushed its application along but Zelenskyy, who has vowed to keep fighting Russia despite its illegal annexation, said Ukraine has already proven a "compatible" partner to NATO
"De facto, we have already proven compatibility with alliance standards. They are real for Ukraine – real on the battlefield and in all aspects of our interaction," he said. "We trust each other, we help each other, and we protect each other. This is the alliance."