- Russian missiles “completely destroyed” Vinnytsia airport in Ukraine on Sunday, President Zelensky said.
- Dramatic footage shows explosions and plumes of thick black smoke rising from the airport.
- Following the bombardment, Zelensky again called on the West to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that eight Russian missiles “completely destroyed” an airport in Vinnytsia, central Ukraine.
Zelensky described the missile strike as “brutal” and “cynical” in a video shared on social media.
Dramatic footage shows flames and plumes of thick black smoke rising from the site of the Ukrainian airport, 200 miles west of Kyiv, after the attack.
—Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (@ua_parliament) March 6, 2022
Ukraine’s parliament shared the video in a Twitter post. “The President called on the world to close the skies over #Ukraine and provide Ukraine with aircraft.,” the post said.
In response to the missile strike, Zelensky released a video where he renewed his call on Western leaders to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
—Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) March 6, 2022
“Close it for all Russian missiles, Russian combat aircraft, for all their terrorists,” he said in the video. “Make a humanitarian no-fly zone without rockets, without air bombs.”
In the plea to Western leaders, he added: “If you don’t at least give us planes so we can protect ourselves, there’s only one thing to conclude: you want us to be killed very slowly.”
Zelensky has repeatedly requested that NATO countries impose the no-fly zone, but the United States and other NATO countries have repeatedly ruled out imposing it.
It would require NATO aircraft to monitor the airspace and intercept intruders, with the power to shoot them down if they don’t withdraw, Insider’s Jacob Shamsian reported.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki rejected the idea of creating a no-fly zone last Monday when she warned that it could lead to a war between the US and Russia. That is not something [President Joe Biden] wants to do,” Psaki said, speaking to MSNBC.