“No-fly zone” and “cluster bombs”: Here are some of the terms you might hear as we cover the Ukraine invasion
Following the constant flow of developments can be confusing and overwhelming.
As the war in Ukraine continues, here’s a guide to some of the terms you may have heard or seen: What they mean, and why they matter.
A no-fly zone is an area where certain aircraft cannot fly for any number of reasons. In the context of this invasion, it would likely mean a zone where Russian planes are not allowed to fly, in order to prevent them from carrying out airstrikes on Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged NATO to institute a no-fly zone, but NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said that it is not an option being considered by the alliance.
Russia has relied heavily on shelling key Ukrainian cities and towns as it seeks to seize control of locations in the country.
Shelling refers to artillery fire from large guns and has been used against administrative and residential buildings. Dozens of deaths as a result of Russian shelling have been reported by Ukrainian emergency services.
Cluster and “vacuum” bombs
NATO’s Stoltenberg has accused Russia of using cluster bombs as part of its attacks on Ukrainian cities. These are bombs that not only deliver an initial explosion on impact, but also contain multiple smaller bombs that spread over a wide area. They are largely condemned by the international community due to the risk of civilian casualties when they are used in populated areas.