Ukraine has called for the U.S. to impose a no-fly zone around its country to protect them from airstrikes, a move White House press secretary Jen Psaki says is not a good idea.
“The sanctions are heading in the right direction. In addition to disconnecting the Russian Central Bank from SWIFT and providing more Stingers and anti-tank weapons, we need the West to impose a no-fly zone over significant parts of Ukraine,” Zelensky said in a statement to Axios.
“Ukraine can beat the aggressor. We are proving this to the world. But our allies must also do their part,” he added.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the D.C. outlet Axios in a statement on Monday that his country “needs the West to impose a no-fly zone,” a significant escalation potentially tantamount to an act of war. https://t.co/nx6I7g60K2
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Psaki disagreed with the recommendation. “We are not going to have a military war with Russia with U.S. troops,” she said.
“We are not going to have a military war with Russia with U.S. troops,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says. pic.twitter.com/7oZlvPGv7w
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The U.S. has joined other nations in many sanctions against Russia, but has not committed to protecting Ukraine’s borders with aircraft.
The call comes as thousands have already died in the conflict, with many on the Russian side, during the first week of the war.