Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urged the Canadian Parliament on March 15 to support a no-fly zone over his country to block Russian airstrikes.
In a virtual address, Zelensky requested Canadian members of parliament, senators, and dignitaries renewed a plea for a no-fly zone over Ukraine and asked them to imagine the reality that Ukrainians were facing amid the Russian invasion.
“Can you imagine hearing it? You, your children hear all these severe explosions: bombing of airport, bombing of Ottawa airport, tens of other cities of your wonderful country. Can you imagine that?” Zelensky said, according to a translated transcript by Global News.
“Can you imagine when you call your friends, your friendly nation, and you ask: ‘Please close the sky, close the airspace, please stop the bombing. How many more cruise missiles have to fall on our cities until you make this happen?” Zelensky further said.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which Canada is a member of, has denied to enforce a no-fly zone over Ukraine due to concerns that it could draw a direct confrontation with Russia.
While Zelensky thanked Canada that “has always been steadfast in their support,” he urged them to “do more.”
“We’re not asking for much. We’re asking for justice, for real support which will help us to prevail, to defend, to save lives all over the world,” Zelensky said.
Zelensky’s address came after Canada imposed fresh sanctions on Russian officials as the invasion nears the end of its third week.
On the same day, Russia imposed “personal sanctions” against Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau and other top Canadian officials, blocking them from entering Russia.
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