Ukraine became an associate member of NATO's special Multilateral Interoperability Programme, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his evening video address.
"To put it more simply, it is about Alliance's standards. Now Ukraine not only implements NATO standards, but also can participate in the development of new standards," he explained. "The experience of our military, the capabilities of Ukrainian institutions, the IT potential of our country - all this will now be the Ukrainian contribution to the development of collective security in Europe."
"And when does it happen? On the 139th day of a full-scale war, with which Russia planned to destroy us in a week. And the Ukrainian state not only survived, not only defends itself, but also develops and will help the development of its partners. Such success is worth noting," he noted.