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Ukrainian President Zelenskyy decries NATO's refusal to establish a no-fly zone, says that people 'will also die because of you'

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As Ukraine strives to defend itself against a Russian invasion, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has declared that NATO will have blood on its hands for declining to establish a no-fly zone.

While the quotes, which appear to be translated, vary in different reports, CNN reported that Zelenskyy said, "All the people who will die from this day will also die because of you, because of your weakness, because of your disunity." The outlet also reported that Zelenskyy said the leadership of NATO has given "the green light for further bombing of Ukrainian towns and villages, refusing to make a no-fly zone."

Zelenskyy's pointed remarks come as Ukrainians bravely fight to defend their nation in the face of a destructive and deadly Russian onslaught.

During a news conference following a meeting of foreign ministers, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that "allies agree" there should not be NATO aircraft flying in Ukraine's airspace or NATO troops in Ukraine.

LIVE: Jens Stoltenberg speaks after meeting of NATO foreign ministers youtu.be

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger has been advocating for the establishment of a no-fly zone.

"This is a good moment to renew my call for a no fly zone, at the invitation of the Ukraine government. I fear if this continues, we will have to intervene in a bigger way," Kinzinger tweeted on Thursday.

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