Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned Western countries that the war will not stop in Ukraine – and that an attack on freedoms there will affect the rest of the world.
During an ABC World News Tonight interview with David Muir on Monday, Zelensky again stressed the need to secure Ukrainian airspace – something he urged the United States and NATO to help do, in particular. vain.
“We cannot allow Russia to be active only there, because they are bombing us, they are bombing us, they are sending missiles, helicopters, fighter jets – lots of things,” Zelensky said. “We don’t control our skies.”
He added that he believed US President Joe Biden “can do more” to stop the war. “I’m sure he can and I’d like to believe him. He’s capable of doing that,” Zelensky said.
The American position: The United States and NATO oppose the creation of a no-fly zone in Ukraine, warning that such a move could lead to a “full-fledged war in Europe”. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that countries imposing such a no-fly zone would be considered participants in the conflict.
On Monday, the White House said Biden remained steadfast in his commitment to keeping US troops out of the conflict.
Response from Zelensky: Ukraine’s president said missiles were hitting civilian structures, including universities and pediatric clinics. If a missile flies overhead, “I think there’s no other answer…they have to be shot down. You have to save lives,” he said.
And he warned that the war would affect the rest of the world:
“Everyone thinks we’re a long way from America or Canada. No, we’re in that freedom zone. And when the boundaries of rights and freedoms are violated and trampled on, then you have to protect us. Because we We’ll come first. You’ll come second. Because the more this beast eats, the more it will want more and more.”