The U.S. Congress gave a standing ovation to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who for the second time addressed the country’s legislature to call for even more pressure against Russia, and above all, the no-fly zone over Ukraine.
After a speech in which Zelensky reminded Americans of the Pearl Harbor and 9/11 attacks, the Ukrainian president presented a video that shocked the world. In an audiovisual of a few minutes, he showed how the lives of the citizens of his country had changed overnight.
“Now we need you, I ask you to remember Pearl Harbor when you were attacked. Remember 9/11,” he demanded of the congressmen.
“Is it too much to ask you to close the sky in order to save people’s lives?” he reiterated the request.
In the video presented to the House of Representatives and the Senate, several Ukrainian cities are shown before and after the bombings, along with the slogan “Close the sky of Ukraine.”
It includes shocking footage such as the shelling of an administrative headquarters and a school in Kharkiv; attacks on civilians in Irpin, some 20 kilometers from the Ukrainian capital, and missile strikes on buildings in the center of Kyiv.
What is the no-fly zone Zelensky is calling for over Ukraine?
A no-fly zone refers to any region of airspace where it has been established that certain aircraft cannot fly. In a military context, it is designed to prevent aircraft from entering prohibited airspace, usually to prevent attacks or surveillance.
A no-fly zone over Ukraine would mean that military forces, specifically NATO, would directly engage any Russian aircraft seen in those skies and shoot at them if necessary. This would mean an even more dangerous war and could tempt Putin to take nuclear action.
“This is tantamount to war. If we’re going to declare an no-fly zone, we have to eliminate the enemy’s capability to fire and affect our area,” former U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove explained to Foreign Policy magazine.