Putin Wanted to Destroy NATO and Got It on His Porch Instead

February 15, 2018

The positive outcome of "Minsk-2" was the relatively decreased intensity of fighting along the firing line. Our people keep dying, but nevertheless, the West had the time to recover and gather resources, which allowed to pull together NATO's forces, i.e. achieve those results, on which Putin did not count. Putin wanted to destroy NATO and got it on his porch instead.

Yet Minsk agreements are not a legal document, as they were not ratified by anyone, and it is doubtful that their legal status obliges anyone to do anything. Moreover, in the framework of these agreements, Russia is both the director and a peacekeeper in the conflict, anyone but the aggressor. This demonstrates that the international community is not ready to respond to this type of aggression, especially when a permanent member of the UN Security Council is the aggressor.

The situation highlights the weakness of the global and regional security systems, as well as the need for corresponding reforms.

Mykola Sunhurovskyi

Director, Military Programmes

Born in 1951 in Moscow.


Orenburg Higher Military Air Defence Forces School (1972);

Kyiv Air Defence Forces Academy (1982);

Higher School of Entrepreneurship, Kyiv Institute of National Economy (1991).

Ph. D. in Technical Sciences, Senior Research Fellow, the author of more than 90 publications.

Colonel (Ret.) with 31 years of military service, half of that term — at research institutions. Research profile — systems analysis, strategic planning, analysis methods, national security.


Most recent position in state bodies — Department Chief at the Analytical Service of Ukraine's NSDC Staff;

Since December 1999 — Razumkov Centre Programme Co-ordinator;

Since February 2000 — Freelance Consultant to the National Security and Defence Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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