One day before he is due to address the United States Congress, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to the Canadian Parliament on Tuesday. Zelensky called for Canada to impose harsher economic sanctions against Russia, as well as implementing military pressure.
“Justin, can you imagine you and your children hearing all these severe explosions, the bombing of the airport, the bombing of the Ottawa airport?” Zelensky said, speaking directly to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Cruise missiles are falling down and your children are asking you ‘What happened?’”
“Dear Justin … can you imagine every day you receive memorandums about the number of casualties including women and children? You heard about the bombings. Currently, we have 97 children that died during this war,” Zelensky said. “Imagine someone taking down your Canadian flags in Montreal and other Canadian cities. I know that you all support Ukraine. We’ve been friends with you, Justin, but also I would like you to understand and I would like you to feel this, what we feel every day. We want to live and we want to be victorious.”
Zelensky then called for a no-fly zone to be imposed.
“Can you imagine when you call your friends, your friend, a nation, and you ask, ‘Please close the skies. Close the airspace. Please stop the bombing.’ How many more of those missiles have to fall on our cities until you make this happen?” Zelensky asked.
“Canadians stand with Ukraine and will answer that call to provide as much help as possible in this time,” Canadian Parliament Member Jagmeet Singh said after the address. “Canadians want to do more and we heard from President Zelensky that sanctions are important and we want to increase that.”
“We know that Putin does not care. President Putin does not care about his people, he does not care about his country but he does care about his wealth,” added Singh.
However, the consequences that come with the enforcement of a no-fly zone could go far beyond Ukraine. Earlier this month, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, appeared on ABC’s “This Week” with host George Stephanopoulos to discuss the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.
During the segment, Stephanopoulos brought up the idea of a “no-fly zone,” which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has already called for.
Rubio responded, explaining the impact that the United States declaring a no-fly zone over Ukraine could have — flying Airborne Early Warning and Control (AWAC) system planes over the country, shooting down Russian airplanes, and even taking out anti-aircraft systems.
“So basically a no-fly zone — if people understood what it means, it means World War III,” the senator said before noting that the U.S. can provide support in other ways.