NATO has rejected Ukraine’s request to impose a no-fly zone to stop Russia from bombing the country.
In a meeting held on Friday, the Western allies cautioned President Vladimir Putin of Russia to stop the war or face fresh sanctions.
Ukraine had earlier appealed to the West to help halt Russian bombings on their country by imposing a no-fly zone.
“Act now before it’s too late. Don’t let Putin turn Ukraine into Syria,” Dmytro Kuleba tweeted after making an impassioned plea to the alliance via video link.
But NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance would not intervene in the conflict over fears of a direct clash with Moscow that could spiral into a nuclear war.
“The only way to implement a no-fly zone is to send NATO fighter planes into Ukraine’s airspace, and then impose that no-fly zone by shooting down Russian planes,” Stoltenberg said after the urgent meeting.
“If we did that, we’ll end up with something that could end in a full-fledged war in Europe, involving many more countries and causing much more human suffering.”