This might seem chickenfeed to some American patriots, but why shouldn’t Ukraine be neutral like Austria was in the first Cold War. The same situation should also be true for Poland and other areas. Otherwise, there’s going to be risk of nuclear war. As I said in another post, what were they thinking when they were “rubbing it in” taking advantage of the Soviet Union’s fall by pushing NATO eastward?
But nobody likes to be colonized. Indeed, many Poles, Ukrainians, and other East Europeans might relish the idea of getting back at Russians by joining NATO. It’s their way of asserting real independence. Nonetheless, there ares fantasies of independence and then there there is actual reality of it. Two different things.