Vladimir Putin threatens war with West if no-fly zone imposed over Ukraine – World News

At a meeting with female pilots on Saturday, Mr Putin said Russia would view “any move in this direction” as an intervention that “will pose a threat to our military personnel.”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow will consider any third party declaration of a Ukrainian no-fly zone as “participation in the armed conflict”.

At a meeting with female pilots on Saturday, Mr Putin said Russia would view “any move in this direction” as an intervention that “will pose a threat to our military personnel.”

“Right this second, we will consider them as participants in the military conflict and it would not matter which members they are,” he said.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged NATO to impose a no-fly zone over his country, warning that “all the people who die from this day on will also die because of you” as Russian forces have strategic locations in the country attacked Ukraine.

NATO has said a no-fly zone that would ban all unauthorized planes from overflying Ukraine could provoke a widespread war in Europe with nuclear-armed Russia.







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His comments came as a ceasefire to evacuate residents from two cities in Ukraine was rapidly falling apart, with officials saying work to remove civilians had been halted amid the shelling after Russia announced the deal.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said early Saturday it had agreed evacuation routes with Ukrainian forces for Mariupol, a strategic port in the southeast, and the eastern city of Volnovakha.

The vaguely worded statement did not say how long the routes would remain open.

But a short time later, Mr. Zelenskyi’s office said that the ceasefire had already collapsed.

Deputy head of his office Kyrylo Tymoshenko said: “The Russian side is not respecting the ceasefire and has continued to fire on Mariupol itself and its surroundings.







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“Discussions are ongoing with the Russian Federation on establishing a ceasefire and ensuring a safe humanitarian corridor.”

Russia also broke the deal in Volnovakha, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk told reporters.

“We appeal to the Russian side to stop firing,” she said.
The Russian news agency RIA Novosti brought forward a claim by the Russian Defense Ministry that the shots came from inside both communities against Russian positions.

The struggle to enforce the ceasefire shows the fragility of efforts to end fighting across Ukraine as people continue to flee the country by the thousands.







Russian President Vladimir Putin said today he will consider any third-party declaration of a no-fly zone as “participation in armed conflict”.
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Mr Zelensky said: “For our part, we are doing everything we can to make the agreement work. This is one of the main tasks for today. Let’s see if we can move forward in the negotiation process.”

Mariupol had become the scene of mounting misery amid days of bombing raids that shut down electricity and most telephone services and posed the prospect of food and water shortages for hundreds of thousands of people in the freezing weather.

Pharmacies are out of medicine, says Doctors Without Borders.
The head of Ukraine’s Security Council, Oleksiy Danilov, had called on Russia to create humanitarian corridors to allow children, women and older adults to flee the fighting, calling it the “number one issue”.







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Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts continued as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Poland to meet the prime minister and the day after attending a NATO meeting in Brussels where the alliance pledged to increase support for members of the eastern flank to meet the foreign minister.

Aeroflot, Russia’s leading state airline, said it plans to suspend all international flights except to Belarus from Tuesday after Western sanctions were imposed on Russia.

The country’s aviation authority, Rosaviatsiya, had recommended all Russian airlines with planes leased abroad to halt international passenger and cargo flights to avoid the planes being impounded.







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But while the United States and other NATO members are sending arms to Kyiv and more than a million refugees are pouring across the continent, the conflict is already dragging countries well beyond Ukraine’s borders.

Russia continues to crack down on independent media covering the war, also blocking Facebook and Twitter, and other media outlets say they are ceasing work in the country.

And in a warning of an impending hunger crisis, the United Nations World Food Program says millions of people in Ukraine, a key global supplier of wheat, will need food aid “immediately”.

Mr Zelensky was due to brief US senators via video conference on Saturday as the US Congress considers a request for $10 billion (£7.5 billion) in emergency funding for humanitarian aid and security needs.

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