Mar 16, 2022
By Gavin Day
A day after addressing Canada’s Parliament, Ukraine’s President spoke to the U.S. Congress Wednesday morning.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy renewed his call for a no-fly zone in Ukraine.
“Russia has turned the Ukrainian sky into a source of death for thousands of people,” Zelenskyy said, through a translator. “Russian troops have already fired nearly 1,000 missiles at Ukraine, countless bombs, they use drones to kill us with precision. This is a terror Russia has not seen for 80 years and we are asking for a reply to this terror.”
Western allies have so far resisted the calls to establish a no-fly zone.
They argue that could put NATO allies in direct combat with Russian forces and could escalate the war.
Zelenskyy suggested an alternative: western allies could give Ukraine enough air defences to establish a no-fly zone of their own.
He also wants more sanctions on Russian officials and for all U-S businesses to be barred from doing business in Russia.
Meanwhile, peace talks are continuing between Russian and Ukrainian representatives with both sides saying there is some optimism.
In his nightly address Tuesday night, Zelenskyy accused Russian forces of war crimes as they continue their siege of Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv.