The situation in Ukraine is reaching a critical point, and President Volodymyr Zelensky is sounding the alarm. He warns that if the war with Russia continues until the end of the year, the consequences could be catastrophic for Ukraine and for NATO as a whole. His statement came in response to calls from some US politicians to limit spending on the war in Ukraine, but Zelensky is urging world leaders to see the bigger picture. In this blog, we’ll explore the urgency of his message, the potential domino effect on NATO, and the facts and details behind this complex and dangerous situation.

During his interview with NBC News, Zelensky talked about the importance of the US stepping in to help prevent this “collapse.”

“If Ukraine would lose, if Russia would occupy Ukraine, Russia will continue to going towards Baltic countries, Poland, etcetera. And they will start war with one of the NATO countries and at this moment, the US would have to choose the collapse of NATO or go to war.”

The Baltic countries, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, are former Soviet states located on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea. They share a border with Russia, which has caused concern among the Baltic states and their NATO allies.

After Russia annexed Crimea and involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, the Baltic states have become increasingly wary of Russian aggression. NATO has responded to this concern by increasing its regional presence through military exercises and troop rotations.

However, the Baltic states would become an even more vulnerable target if Ukraine fell to Russian influence. Russia has shown a willingness to use military force to achieve its territorial ambitions, and the Baltic states’ proximity to Russia makes them particularly vulnerable.

The Baltic states have taken steps to increase their defense capabilities, such as requiring conscription and spending more on defense. They have also sought more significant assistance from NATO, including the presence of allied troops in the region.