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In a fiery speech, Ukraine’s president slammed NATO leaders for refusing to enforce a no fly zone surrounding the country.

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Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking from Kyiv, said the West’s unwillingness to intervene has given Russia “green light” to continue attacking cities and villages.

A no-fly zone, according to Nato, will result in a confrontation with Moscow.

Mr. Zelensky, on the other hand, disagrees that taking direct action could “provoke Russia’s direct war against NATO.”

He said the debate reflected the “self-hypnosis of people who are weak, under-confident inside,” and that Western doubts showed that “not everyone believes the war for freedom to be Europe’s number one goal,” in a scathing response.

“All of the people who will die from now on will perish because of you.”

Mr Zelensky, enraged, added, “Because of your weakness, because of your divisiveness.”

The creation of a no-fly zone, according to Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, could lead to a “full-fledged war in Europe involving many more nations and generating far more human suffering.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken similarly ruled out imposing a no fly zone, but expressed confidence in Ukraine’s ability to win its conflict with Russia.

“I can’t say how long this will go on,” said America’s top diplomat.

“I have no idea how long it will take.”

That Russia does not have its thumb on Ukraine and can subjugate 45 million people who are fiercely battling for their future and freedom to its will says a lot.”

As the tenth day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine approaches, Moscow’s military continue to shell various cities fiercely.

Also read: Russian Airstrikes Intensifies In Ukrainian Cities

The mayor of Mariupol, in the south eastern port city, has declared a “blockade” on inhabitants following days of “ruthless” Russian attacks that have seen power and water cut off to the city’s 450,00 residents.

A vast convoy spanning 40 miles (64 kilometers) has halted outside Kyiv, but the Ukrainian capital has come under renewed attack, with explosions caused by heavy shelling heard in the city center.

Unconfirmed reports of new fighting in the north eastern city of Sumy on Saturday, as well as rocket assaults on the railway station in Ukraine’s second city, Kharkiv, which is located above a metro station where city people are sheltering from shelling, and in the northern city of Chernihiv.

Linda Thomas Greenfield, the US ambassador to the United Nations, has warned that Russian forces had pushed to within 20 miles (32 kilometers) of Ukraine’s second-largest nuclear site.

Her remarks come after Russia’s strike on the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station on Friday, which she described as a “dangerous new escalation” in the invasion.

Reports that Russian troops attacked the plant were denounced by Moscow’s ambassador, Vasily Nebenzya, as “lies” and “disinformation.”

Meanwhile, some western media outlets, including the BBC, have suspended operations in Russia as a result of a new law approved by President Vladimir Putin that would inflict prison terms of up to 15 years on those accused of propagating “false news” regarding the conflict in Ukraine.

The act “appears to criminalize the process of independent journalism” in Russia, according to the Washington Post, which has announced that bylines will be removed from items authored by its Russian correspondents.

In other news, Italian authorities have confiscated the boats of two of Russia’s wealthiest oligarchs, indicating that Western sanctions are starting to have an impact.

According to local media, officers confiscated a 213ft (65 meter) yacht owned by Alexey Mordashov, a close supporter of President Vladimir Putin and Russia’s richest man, in the northern port of Imperia.

 

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