KYIV, UKRAINE – According to reports, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky formally put in the request to be inducted into NATO  on September 30th, noting in a statement regarding the effort that he’d like to have this induction completed at “an accelerated rate.”
In President Zelensky’s statement on the attempt to join NATO, he stated, “Today Ukraine is submitting an application to do this de jure. Following a procedure which will correspond to our significance and will help us protect our community. At an accelerated rate. We are taking a decisive step by signing Ukraine’s application for accelerated NATO membership.”
Political commentator Jack Posobiec took to Twitter on the matter, claiming that this announcement from Zelensky “came out of left field” and caught the Biden administration completely off guard.
“Entire West Wing is scrambling, totally out of whack. NATO stuff came out of left field apparently, per [White House] staffer.”
In the days leading up to the Ukrainian president’s announcement of his intentions to join NATO, some significant developments have occurred both surrounding and directly related to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
On September 27th, reports surfaced that three leaks among offshore lines from Nord Stream 1 and 2  were discovered, with officials saying at the time that the damages to the Russian-controlled pipelines “occurred on the same day simultaneously on three strings of the offshore gas pipelines of the Nord Stream system is unprecedented.”
While the perpetrators behind the attack on the pipelines have yet to be identified, Russian President Vladimir Putin has lobbed accusations that NATO was behind the attack on the pipelines. However, President Joe Biden asserted that this pipeline attack was self-inflicted by Russia, telling CBS News in a recent interview, “It was a deliberate act of sabotage, and the Russians are pumping out disinformation and lies.”
On top of the complications posed by the pipeline attack mystery, Putin pulled a rather audacious power play on September 30th, having signed treaties that annexed portions of Ukraine that are currently occupied .
Aside from Ukraine’s bid to join NATO in response to the annexation, President Biden announced further sanctions against Russia over the move while commenting on Putin’s land-grab with, “Make no mistake, these actions have no legitimacy.
Putin has claimed that he intends to protect the annexed regions of Ukraine by “all available means,” reigniting nuclear-level threats associated with the conflict as Putin accused the West (particularly the United States) of seeking the destruction of Russia.
Biden seemed to address these remarks from Putin on September 30th, stating, “America and its allies are not going to be intimidated by Putin and his reckless words and threats,” while again denouncing Putin’s decision to annex more land from Ukraine with the comment that Russia “can’t seize his neighbor’s territory and get away with it.”