Zelensky warns NATO will be attacked next as Russian offensive aims westward


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Zelensky warns NATO will be attacked next as Russian offensive aims westward
Ukrainian president says missiles will reach NATO countries unless no-fly zone imposed, after base near Lviv bombed; Russian army takes parts of towns near Kyiv, nears capital
By Ionut Iordachescu and Dave Clark

LVIV, Ukraine (AFP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned NATO Monday that its member states would soon be attacked by Russian forces after an air strike hit a Ukrainian military base close to the Polish border. Meanwhile, the death toll in the strategic southern port city of Mariupol, facing acute deprivation amid a prolonged siege, has topped 2,000, officials there said. While western Ukraine has largely been spared so far, Russian airstrikes overnight Saturday into Sunday carried the war deep into the west, killing 35 people and wounding 134 at a military base near Yavoriv, outside the city of Lviv — which is dangerously close to the frontier with EU and NATO member Poland.

“If you do not close our sky, it is only a matter of time before Russian missiles fall on your territory, on NATO territory, on the homes of NATO citizens,” Zelensky said in a video address released shortly after midnight, urging NATO to impose a no-fly zone over his country. Washington and its EU allies have sent funds and military aid to Ukraine and imposed unprecedented economic sanctions on Russia.

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