A barrage of Russian missiles destroyed a civilian airport in Vinnytsia in central Ukraine on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.
“I have just been informed of a missile strike on Vinnytsia. Eight rockets… The airport has been completely destroyed,” he said.
Several cities and airbases in Ukraine have been shelled, shelled or hit by ballistic missiles since Russia launched its 11-day invasion.
But Vinnytsia is in the western zone of central Ukraine, away from the borders of Russia and Belarus, in an area that has seen fewer such strikes.
Zelensky used the occasion to renew his demand for Western powers to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine to prevent further Russian attacks.
“We repeat every day: close the sky over Ukraine. Shut down for all Russian missiles, for Russian fighter jets, for all their terrorists,” he said.
“If you don’t, if you don’t at least give us planes so we can protect ourselves, there’s only one thing to conclude, you want us to be killed very slowly.”