After Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s attraction, US says measure could be step in direction of direct battle with Russia.
The USA has dominated out implementing a “no-fly zone” on Russian plane over Ukraine after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Western nations to think about such a measure to cease any additional bombardment by Russia.
In a video handle, Zelenskyy mentioned Russia had launched 56 rocket strikes and fired 113 cruise missiles up to now 5 days because the begin of the battle on February 24.
Zelenskyy, who didn’t specify how and by whom a no-fly zone could be enforced, accused Russia of committing battle crimes and mentioned it must be introduced earlier than a world tribunal.
He additionally mentioned 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 attempting to use stress on this unsubtle method. Don’t waste time. We don’t settle for such techniques. Honest negotiations can happen when one facet doesn’t hit the opposite facet with rocket artillery on the very second of negotiations,” he mentioned.
However Washington, which has promised navy assist, rejected the decision to determine a no-fly zone, saying it will 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 battle with Russia,” White Home spokesperson Jen Psaki mentioned on Monday.
“And I feel what’s vital to notice right here is that’s basically what this is able to be a step towards, as a result of a no-fly zone would require implementation,” she added.
“It could require deploying US navy to implement which might be a direct battle, a probably direct battle, and probably battle with Russia, which is one thing we aren’t planning to be part of.”
Greater than 500,000 folks have fled Ukraine, based on the United Nations, setting off a refugee disaster with 1000’s additionally awaiting passage at seven European border crossings.
A minimum of 102 civilians in Ukraine have been killed because the invasion began, however the true determine might be a lot greater, the UN mentioned on Monday.