After Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s attraction, US says measure can be step in direction of direct battle with Russia.
The US has dominated out implementing a “no-fly zone” on Russian plane over Ukraine after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Western nations to contemplate such a measure to cease any additional bombardment by Russia.
In a video deal with, Zelenskyy stated Russia had launched 56 rocket strikes and fired 113 cruise missiles prior to now 5 days for the reason that begin of the conflict on February 24.
Zelenskyy, who didn’t specify how and by whom a no-fly zone can be enforced, accused Russia of committing conflict crimes and stated it ought to be introduced earlier than a world tribunal.
He additionally stated Russia had continued to bombard Ukrainian cities throughout a primary spherical of talks with Ukrainian officers in Belarus on Monday.
“I imagine that Russia is making an attempt to use stress on this unsubtle means. Don’t waste time. We don’t settle for such techniques. Truthful negotiations can happen when one aspect doesn’t hit the opposite aspect with rocket artillery on the very second of negotiations,” he stated.
However Washington, which has promised army assist, rejected the decision to determine a no-fly zone, saying it could be a step in direction of a direct battle between the USA and Russia.
“The president has been very clear that he’s not aspiring to ship US troops to combat a conflict with Russia,” White Home spokesperson Jen Psaki stated on Monday.
“And I believe what’s vital to notice right here is that’s primarily what this could be a step towards, as a result of a no-fly zone would require implementation,” she added.
“It could require deploying US army to implement which might be a direct battle, a doubtlessly direct battle, and doubtlessly conflict with Russia, which is one thing we aren’t planning to be part of.”
Greater than 500,000 individuals have fled Ukraine, based on the United Nations, setting off a refugee disaster with hundreds additionally awaiting passage at seven European border crossings.
At the least 102 civilians in Ukraine have been killed for the reason that invasion began, however the true determine might be a lot greater, the UN stated on Monday.