Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky lashed NATO on Friday for ruling out a no-fly zone over his nation saying the Western navy alliance knew additional Russian aggression was doubtless.
“Knowing that new strikes and casualties are inevitable, NATO deliberately decided not to close the sky over Ukraine,” he stated in a video printed by the presidency.
“Today the leadership of the alliance gave the green light for further bombing of Ukrainian cities and villages, refusing to make a no-fly zone.”
Earlier Friday, NATO rejected pleas from Ukraine to impose a no-fly zone to halt Russia’s bombing, however Western allies did warn President Vladimir Putin of contemporary sanctions if he doesn’t cease his warfare.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg stated the alliance wouldn’t intervene within the battle over fears of a direct conflict with Moscow that would spiral right into a wider battle.
“The only way to implement a no-fly zone is to send NATO fighter planes into Ukraine’s airspace, and then impose that no-fly zone by shooting down Russian planes,” Stoltenberg stated after the pressing assembly.
“If we did that, we’ll end up with something that could end in a full-fledged war in Europe, involving many more countries and causing much more human suffering.”
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