Estonia Becomes the First NATO Country to Call For No-Fly Zone in Ukraine

As Russia’s air raids continue in Ukraine, Estonia’s parliament has called for the establishment of a no-fly zone in Ukraine. The Parliament requested that United Nations member states take prompt action “to avert significant civilian fatalities.” Estonia would be the first NATO member to do so.

According to António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General stated that they must exercise caution.

The Ukrainian government has advocated for a no-fly zone to be enforced above the country, but top NATO and White House officials have stressed that such a measure would be dangerous. An action like this would require US or NATO jets to shoot down Russian planes, which may elicit a retaliatory response from Moscow.

“We will defend every single inch of NATO territory with the full strength of a unified and energized NATO,” stated US President Joe Biden last week. A direct battle between NATO and Russia would be “World War III, which we must seek to avoid,” according to Biden. He stated that the US and NATO “will not conduct a war against Russia in Ukraine.”

Moreover on March 14, Ukraine says it will try to evacuate people through ten humanitarian corridors, a day after Russian bombers bombarded residential areas in the rebel-held city of Luhansk.

According to Poland, around 1.76 million refugees have entered the nation since the invasion into Ukraine began, with 18,400 coming in the early hours of March 14. Front-line states, like Poland, have taken in more than half of the individuals leaving Ukraine.