The Ukrainian president asked Ottawa to push for a no-fly zone over his country
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers a video address in Kiev, Ukraine, March 16, 2022. © Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/AFP
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sharply criticized the West in the Canadian parliament on Tuesday for refusing to set up a no-fly over his country in order to shoot down Russian warplanes. Moscow launched a military campaign against its neighbor last month.
Appearing before Canadian MPs via video link, Zelensky delivered a thinly veiled rebuke to the West’s refusal to set up a no-fly zone over Ukraine, or to supply the country with warplanes.
“War always reveals everything that people are capable of. Who is strong, and who is weak. Who is wise, and who doesn’t see the obvious. Who is honest, and who is a hypocrite,” the president said in an emotional address.
“Stop the bombing. How many more missiles must fall on our cities? And in response you hear that someone doesn’t want to do it… But they are deeply concerned!”
Zelensky appealed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to use his “influence” in order to establish a no-fly zone, which implies that NATO fighter jets would have to shoot down Russian aircraft in Ukrainian airspace.