As the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its eighth day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has requested US Vice President Joe Biden and NATO countries to enforce a ‘no-fly zone’ over areas of the country.
Even as the former Soviet republic sees a mounting number of civilian bodies, the West has angrily rejected this proposal, with US President Barack Obama refusing to directly respond to Zelenskiy’s demands.
What is a ‘no-fly zone’ and why is the US and NATO opposing it?
A ‘no-fly zone’ is a military-controlled area where certain aircraft are not permitted to fly.
‘No-fly’ zones are implemented during conflicts or wars to prevent enemies from assaulting the country that is protected in the zone.
A ‘no-fly zone’ differs from a restricted airspace that only allows commercial planes to fly.If a ‘no-fly zone’ is created, the military of the country or coalition that imposed it will be required to shoot down enemy planes (in this case, the Russians).