Ukrainian Association of Retailers calls for ‘closed skies’ as conflict escalates
The Association of Ukrainian Retailers (RAU) has echoed the call of the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, for the skies to be closed over Ukraine, saying “every hour of open skies” brings more casualties and the destruction of infrastructure.
In a letter to a number of world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, France’s Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Olaf Scholtz and NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg, the UAR called on governments to “act immediately”. and to establish a no-fly zone over the country. .
“The constant airstrikes and cynical use of globally banned bombs and missiles are aimed at maximizing casualties and destroying Ukraine’s infrastructure,” the group said.
“Strategically important facilities are destroyed, access to many logistics centers and warehouses for food and medicine has been blocked, and hundreds of shops supplying food to the population have been affected.”
Western governments have so far ruled out the possibility of closing the skies over Ukraine, at the risk of further escalating the conflict.
This weekend, President Zelensky warned NATO of the likelihood of one of its member states being attacked by Russia in the near future, after an airstrike hit a military base near the Polish border.
The RAU provides regular updates on the opening hours of Ukrainian retail groups such as ATB, Silpo, Varus, Novus, Auchan and others through its website.
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