U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar said on the House floor that establishing a no-fly zone over Ukraine “would mean the beginning of World War III.”
Omar tweeted the U.S. must avoid “knee-jerk calls that risk nuclear war.”
While the U.S. supports Ukraine in its fight against Russian invasion, “a no-fly zone is not simply declared, it must be militarily enforced,” Omar said.
U.S. President Joe Biden and NATO have so far resisted calls, including from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, to declare a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the civilian death toll and damage to infrastructure in Ukraine have grown, increasing pressure on the U.S. and the military alliance to do more.