SALISBURY, Md- Ukrainian President Zelensky on Wednesday made an impassioned appeal to Congress for additional help, including a no-fly zone to prevent further civilian casualties from Russian bombing.
But the measure could put the United States at risk, and while it remains popular, Delaware State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Samuel Hoff tells us that a no-fly zone does not is as strong as the will of NATO countries to shoot down planes that violate airspace.
“The most serious consequence would be the shooting down of these planes if they did not voluntarily exit the airspace as soon as possible and we have seen problems like this in the past,” he said.
He tells us, however, that there is another way, which is already emerging, of achieving the same result; a negotiated ceasefire.
According to Hoff, a ceasefire also creates a clear, bomb-free airspace, and more importantly, a chance to evacuate and assist civilians.
He tells us that there are signs that the chances of a ceasefire are increasing, with the Ukrainian government already showing a willingness to accept certain conditions, such as withdrawing from its attempts to join NATO.
Dr. Hoff tells us that other military aid options like anti-aircraft systems are also an option for the United States in the short term of a no-fly zone, but he says a ceasefire fire is the best result.