OREANDA-NEWS Ruslan Khomchak, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said that in recent years Ukraine has become a "real shield" for Europe and has made a significant contribution to NATO's security. This information is reported by the press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Facebook.

Khomchak notes that Ukraine's entry into NATO will strengthen not only Ukraine - it will also strengthen the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

According to Khomchak, Ukraine's cooperation with the alliance deepened after the country received partner status. He called the main areas of interaction "the intensification of the military dialogue at the strategic level," cooperation in the Black Sea region, joint exercises, information exchange and the expansion of Ukraine's representation in NATO command and control bodies.

Earlier in Kiev, they called on the countries of the North Atlantic Alliance to increase combat readiness due to the aggravation of the situation in Donbass. The office of the President of Ukraine said that joint military exercises would be the best way to resist the "Russian aggressor" in the region.