After Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s attraction, US says measure can be step in the 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 contemplate 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 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 mentioned it needs to 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 approach. 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 could be a step in the direction of a direct battle between the USA and Russia.
“The president has been very clear that he’s not desiring to ship US troops to struggle a conflict with Russia,” White Home spokesperson Jen Psaki mentioned on Monday.
“And I feel what’s necessary to notice right here is that’s primarily what this may be a step towards, as a result of a no-fly zone would require implementation,” she added.
“It might require deploying US navy to implement which might be a direct battle, a probably direct battle, and probably conflict with Russia, which is one thing we’re not planning to be part of.”
Greater than 500,000 folks have fled Ukraine, in keeping with the United Nations, setting off a refugee disaster with hundreds additionally awaiting passage at seven European border crossings.
A minimum of 102 civilians in Ukraine have been killed for the reason that invasion began, however the true determine may very well be a lot increased, the UN mentioned on Monday.