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No-fly zone is ‘right thing to do’ – public calls increase for NATO to ‘fight new Hitler'

In a bumper set of polls that ran from 9am on Thursday, March 17 to 9am on Monday, March 21, readers shared their thoughts on all the latest developments in the brutal war in Ukraine. Overwhelmingly, readers thought NATO should brand Russia a terrorist state under Vladimir Putin, and most believe that a no-fly zone over Ukraine – a plea issued by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky each week – was the “right thing to do”. 

First, asked: “Was Biden right to call Putin a ‘war criminal’?”, referring to the off-the-cuff remarks made by the American President last week. 

A total of 11,822 people voted, with a staggering 89 percent saying “yes”, Mr Biden did the right thing. Nine percent said “no”, and two percent said they were not sure.

Next up, asked: “Do you think NATO should listen to Zelensky and brand Russia a ‘terrorist state’?” after the Ukrainian President called on Western allies to take this step. 

Of 11,803 voters, 81 percent said “yes”, while 14 percent voted “no” and five percent said they did not know. 

Finally, asked: “Do you think NATO should impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine?”. 

Here, readers were less sure, but the majority of the 11,809 voters said “yes”, with 51 percent thinking a no-fly zone should be imposed. 

A further 37 percent said “no”, while 12 percent said they did not know either way. 

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And username petitprintemps said: “Why do [people] believe no-fly zone over Ukraine will lead to world war? 

“If no one does anything, they are allowing Putin to destroy a whole country and then it will be our turn.”

Others, however, said NATO should not get involved and go against its defining principles. 

Username spy wrote: “NATO is for defence only. If a member is attacked then other members go to war. NATO is not about attacking.”



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