While Ukrainian authorities beg the West for support against Russian aggression, they are met with stiff opposition on one critical demand: a no-fly zone. President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine has pleaded with Western powers to safeguard Ukraine’s airspace, but a no-fly zone would be terrible for the US and its European allies.
U.S. lawmakers adamantly opposed Zelensky’s request
A no-fly zone over Ukraine requested by President Zelensky on Sunday has been refused by U.S. lawmakers, who fear that the action will place American troops in direct touch with Russian troops and spark World War III.
According to New York Post, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Zelensky has pleaded with the United States and NATO partners to establish a no-fly zone over the nation so that his forces can fight their way out of the country and cease bombing “non-militarized zones.”
While US lawmakers were adamantly opposed to the no-fly zone, they have acceded to many of Ukraine’s requests. A ban on Russian oil imports is gaining support on both sides of the aisle, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken hinted on Sunday that the US was discussing it with European partners. Last week, the Biden administration revised its emergency financing request to include more help for Ukraine.
As reported by Politico, while Russia is waging a physical war on Ukraine, Zelensky has been using social media to communicate with his people and the international community. Zelensky hasn’t held back in pushing for greater Western aid as Ukraine fights back. However, on Saturday, Zelensky appealed for a no-fly zone and more weapons against Russia.
No-fly zone can spark WWW III, Putin says
With citizens of a key Ukrainian city refusing to evacuate due to security concerns, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West that the zone would escalate the conflict. Putin warned of massive and terrible consequences for Europe and the globe if it is established, while his Ukrainian rival Zelensky criticized NATO for avoiding a nuclear conflict.
According to The Korea Times, on day 10 of the Russian invasion, the Western military alliance’s “no” to a no-fly zone had practically given the green light for the additional bombing of Ukrainian cities and villages. Although Mariupol bravely repelled Moscow-backed separatists in 2014, the Azoz sea port has been without electricity, food, and water for days. Officials said the city’s 450,000 residents could begin leaving by bus and private cars after Russia’s defense ministry proclaimed a ceasefire to allow humanitarian access.