On March 6, 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that eight Russian missiles had “totally devastated” the Havryshivka Vinnytsia International Airport (VIN) in central Ukraine.
In a video posted to the Twitter account of Eastern European media outlet Nexta TV, Zelensky corroborated the details.
“Eight missiles have been launched on our city, against our peaceful Vinnytsia, which has never posed a threat to Russia.”
In a video message, Zelensky disclosed that the airport had been entirely destroyed by a violent, cynical missile strike.
To avoid further Russian assaults, Zelensky appealed to Western countries to impose a no-fly zone above Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on March 5, 2022, a day before the missile strike on Vinnytsia Airport, that any country attempting to enforce a no-fly zone over Ukraine would be considered to have entered the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
Putin went on to say that enforcing a no-fly zone over Ukraine would have “colossal and devastating implications not only for Europe, but for the entire globe.”
The Biden administration has stated that the US government is attempting to avoid implementing a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
On March 4, 2022, White House press secretary Jen Ptsaki told US reporters that “it would effectively necessitate the US military shooting down Russian jets, sparking a potential direct confrontation with Russia, the precise step that we want to avoid.”
On social media, images and videos of the damaged ruins of Vinnytsia Airport have been circulating.
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