Russian airstrikes: Can the US set up a no-fly zone over Ukraine? This is what Professor SJSU says


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — As the war in Ukraine escalates, the UN has confirmed that at least 636 people have been killed and more than 1,100 injured.

US Congressman Ro Khanna spoke to the San Francisco-based Consul General of Ukraine on Monday.

“There are a lot of Ukrainians working for Silicon Valley companies that are far away in Ukraine. We have a huge number of them,” said Dmytro Kushneruk, consul general of Ukraine.

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Consul Kushneruk said he was grateful to see the humanitarian aid Ukraine has received from this region.

“There are huge financial efforts going on here. Big tech companies sometimes match what our Ukrainian NGOs fundraise. So they increase that amount of money. We said we have to find a way to send that aid , humanitarian medical needs in Ukraine as quickly as possible. Probably something we can work with the congressman here,” Kushneruk said.

More than 2.5 million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the war. Congressman Khanna said refugees are welcome here.

“For those who want it, Silicon Valley is a place that welcomes them,” Rep. Khanna said and added, “I met with the CFO of a tech company who is working on how to get good jobs for Ukrainian refugees. Some who aren’t even in the United States.”

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The consul general of Ukraine urges the United States to implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Citing more than 80 children who have been killed since the start of the war.

“A no-fly zone is necessary to protect our civilians,” Kushneruk said.

San Jose State assistant professor of political science Leonard Lira, who specializes in national security affairs, says it is not possible to ban Russia from attacking Ukraine from the air .

“It would put us in conflict with Russia to the point of aggravating World War III,” Lira said and added, “We are already in a new global security environment. If the United States enters a zone of air exclusion, it would have to be done with the express permission of Russia and Ukraine.”

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