Zelensky, addressing the US Congress, reiterated his call not to fly in the skies of Ukraine

Kyiv: Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky renewed his call for a no-fly zone over Ukraine in his virtual address to US Congressional lawmakers. He also offered alternatives if the request made by him could not be met.

“To create a no-fly zone to save people on Ukraine, is that too much to ask? Humane, no-fly zone – something that Russia will not be able to terrorize our free cities. If it is even asking There’s a lot to do, we provide a choice. You know what kind of defense systems we need, like the 300 and other systems like that. You know, on the battlefield, to use aircraft. How much depends on the capability of. Powerful, strong aviation to protect our people, our freedom, our land,” Zelensky told US lawmakers.

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The Ukrainian president also urged the United States to stay still in the skies over Ukraine, defending Ukraine as Russia’s invasion of the country continues and entered its 21st day on Wednesday.

For starters, Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Since the start of the invasion, Russian troops have carried out a series of air strikes, which have killed many people, including civilians and children.

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Zelensky also said, “Planes that can help Ukraine, can help Europe, and, you know, they exist, and you have them. But they’re on Earth, not in the Ukrainian sky. They Don’t protect our people.”

Invoking the famous speech of Martin Luther King, Zelensky said in his virtual address to lawmakers to the US Congress, “‘I have a dream,'”—the words each of you know. Today, I can say, I need one. I need one to protect our sky. I need your judgment, your help, which means exactly the same thing when you hear the words ‘I have a dream’.

(input from agencies)

First published:March 16, 2022 at 7:42 pm

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