Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy said on Monday it was time for the West to consider imposing a no-fly zone for Russian missiles, planes and helicopters in response to Russian shelling of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.
In a video address, Zelenskyy did not specify how and by whom a no-fly zone would be enforced. He said Russia had launched 56 rocket strikes and fired 113 cruise missiles in the past five days since beginning its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.
“To impose a no-fly-zone is to declare war on Russia,” said Todd Starnes, the national radio host and best-selling author. “And for whatever reason, the U.S. media is hell-bent on starting a shooting war with the Russians.”
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Zelenskyy accused Russia of committing war crimes and said it should be brought before an international tribunal.
He said Russia had continued to bombard Ukrainian cities during a first round of talks with Ukrainian officials in Belarus on Monday.
“I believe that Russia is trying to apply pressure in this unsubtle way. Do not waste time. We do not accept such tactics. Fair negotiations can occur when one side does not hit the other side with rocket artillery at the very moment of negotiations,” he said. From Newsmax
White House Press Sec. Jen Psaki says a no-fly-zone would “be a step toward” a conflict, and “potentially a war with Russia, which is something we are not planning to be a part of.” pic.twitter.com/VeXH6casHd— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) February 28, 2022