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Zelenskyy: Russia is preparing to bomb Odessa, destroys airport

(Update 1: Adds more quotes and alters headline and lede)

Kyiv, Mar 6 (EFE).- Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday denounced Russian plans to bomb the southern Ukrainian Black Sea port city of Odessa and the destruction of a western airport hit by eight Russian missiles.

“They are preparing to bomb Odessa. Odessa!” the Ukrainian president said in a video message.

“The Russians have always come to Odessa. They have always felt only warmth in Odessa, only sincerity.

“And now what? Bombs on Odessa? Artillery on Odessa? Missiles on Odessa? It will be a war crime. It will be a historical crime,” he added.

In a video posted on his Telegram account, Zelenskyy said that an airport near the western Vinnytsia city was totally destroyed after being hit by eight Russian missiles.

“Peaceful Vinnytsia has never threatened Russia,” he said.

“The brutal and cynical missile attack left the airport completely destroyed.

“They continue to destroy our infrastructure, our life, which we, our parents, our grandparents, generations of Ukrainians built,” he added.

Zelenskyy once again called on the Nato to declare Ukraine a no-fly zone, a proposal the alliance has ruled out for now.

“If they don’t do this, give us planes so we can defend ourselves,” he said. EFE


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