Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky has asked the United States to help establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
The request was made during a Zoom call with US lawmakers, according to a person familiar with the conversation.
Zelensky called on US senators for greater sanctions on Russia, including in the energy sector, and more military assistance directed at Ukrainian forces.
He thanked the US for its support so far, but his overall message was that his country needs more help as it struggles against Russia’s invasion.
Another senator on the call said Zelensky advocated banning Russian oil imports, suspending all commercial transactions – such as Visa and Mastercard companies.
The Ukrainian president reportedly begged lawmakers to help Ukraine get more planes in which Ukrainian pilots are trained and can fly.
He said they would fight and fly, but he needs the aircraft.
The call, which started around 11:30 am, Brasília time, lasted an hour.
At the end of the call, dozens of lawmakers turned on their microphones to thank Zelensky and express their support, with some saying “Slava Ukraini” (Glory to Ukraine in Portuguese), according to someone on the call who said the Ukrainian president was clearly moved by the gesture.
Source: CNN Brasil