A member of Ukrainian parliament has called on the United States and other western countries to declare a no-fly zone over the country, asking “how many children have to die?”
“We’re grateful that right now the international community, the United States, the United Kingdom, are sending us Javelins, they’re sending Stingers, so we can fight in the air, we can fight with the tanks,” Ukrainian MP Oleksandra Ustinova said. said during an appearance on MSNBC morning joe Tuesday. “But if you want to protect the civilian population and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is targeting the civilian population now…we have to protect our skies. That’s why we need a no-fly zone.”
“I know this is something that nobody wants to talk about because everyone is afraid of Vladimir Putin, who is a tyrant…and my only question here to the international community would be: what is the red line for [Putin]? What is the red line when you actually step in? How many children have to die?” Ustinova continued.
Ustinova’s comments come as war continues to rage in Ukraine, with Russian military forces continuing to attack Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, and other major cities such as Kharkiv, the country’s second-largest city.
As fighting continues to escalate in Ukraine, many lawmakers in the country, including President Volodymyr Zelensky, have called for the imposition of a no-fly zone.
“The sanctions are going 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 obtained Monday by Axios. “Ukraine can beat the aggressor. We prove it to the world. But our allies must also do their part.”
Ustinova also made similar comments on Monday, telling reporters, “If we don’t have a no-fly zone over Ukraine, which means the Russians couldn’t use their missiles over Ukraine, to use their planes, they will probably obliterate Kiev. , Kharkiv and other cities on the map.”
Ustinova also accused Russia of targeting kindergartens and children’s hospitals with its airstrikes.
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked if the United States was considering declaring a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
“The president has been very clear that he has no intention of sending American troops to wage war against Russia,” Psaki said in response. “And I think it’s important to note here that that’s basically what this would be a step towards, because a no-fly zone would require implementation.”
John Kirby, the spokesman for the US Department of Defense, also said ‘no’ when asked if the US had considered declaring a no-fly zone over the airspace on Monday. Ukrainian.
Newsweek contacted the Department of Defense for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.