Zelensky argues for jets or no-fly zone — RT World News

US lawmakers call for more military assistance to Kyiv following meeting with Ukrainian president

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky demanded that the US help provide fighter jets or a no-fly zone during a virtual meeting with US lawmakers on Saturday as Russia’s military action in Ukraine continues .

Several senators involved in the meeting confirmed that Zelensky had called for planes or a no-fly zone to be enforced in Ukraine against Russian planes. Many lawmakers later expressed their support for Zelensky’s request on social media, despite critics warning that a no-fly zone or additional military assistance could lead to a direct conflict between Russia and NATO. .

“Ukraine urgently needs air power and America should send it,” Republican Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse said after the meeting. “Zelensky’s message is simple: ‘shut up the skies or give us planes.’ »

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While Sasse expressed skepticism over a no-fly zone, observing that it would mean “send American pilots into battle against Russian planes” in “a battle between nuclear powers that could quickly spiral out of control”, he called on the United States to send Ukrainian aircraft and other equipment.

“The Americans absolutely must send planes, helicopters and UAVs to the Ukrainians. Let’s resupply the Ukrainian Air Force today and keep the ghosts of Kyiv in the sky,” he said, referring to the “Ghost of Kyiv” hoax that has been discredited and debunked by US media.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer – a Democrat – also expressed support for sending planes to Ukraine.

“President Zelensky has made a desperate appeal to Eastern European countries to supply Russian-made planes to Ukraine. These planes are very necessary. And I will do everything I can to help the administration facilitate their transfer,” he said.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee praised Zelensky and condemned Russia in a tweet after the meeting, while South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham claimed Zelensky spoke to him and other U.S. lawmakers about “many examples of war crimes” allegedly committed in Ukraine.

“There have been many examples of war crimes provided by President Zelensky – mayors have been captured, imprisoned and murdered,” Graham asserted. “There are massive attacks on civilian, random, indiscriminate targets, and Putin’s war machine, in my view, is in full war crimes mode.”

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Graham sparked outrage this week after calling for the assassination of Russian President Vladimir Putin in a social media post. The Russian ambassador in Washington called the comments “unacceptable and outrageous” and accused Graham of advocating an act of terrorism.

Zelensky also appeared to encourage US lawmakers to press for an end to the purchase of Russian oil and gas worldwide. After Zelensky made the request, Republican Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan called on US President Joe Biden for “listen to this brave president” and “Block Russian oil and gas imports TODAY.”

On Friday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken rejected calls for immediate Russian energy sanctions, arguing that such a move would hurt ordinary Americans more than Moscow.

“There is no strategic interest in reducing the world’s energy supply”, Blinken said.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, declaring it necessary to “demilitarize” the country to protect the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, and Moscow’s own security interests. Kiev insists the invasion was unprovoked, saying it had no intention of forcibly retaking the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk. The majority of Western countries condemned the attack and imposed severe sanctions on Russian officials and the country as a whole.


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