Ukraine Releases Edited Video of Mock Attack on Paris, in Message to NATO

Ukraine's defence ministry has released an edited video mocking up a military attack on Paris, as it again urged Western powers to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine.

The video was posted to Twitter on Saturday, using CGI to depict the French capital city being attacked from the air with explosions near the Eiffel Tower.

Ukrainian President Voldoymyr Zelensky has repeatedly asked allies to impose the no-fly zone to prevent Russian attacks from the air.

But NATO member countries have so far ruled out the possibility, fearing an escalation of the war.

The 45-second video begins with a woman posing in front of the Eiffel Tower and quickly moves on to depicting an attack on the capital, highlighting other landmarks including the Sacré-Coeur basilica.

One section of the video appears to be filmed from inside an apartment as those inside watch the attack through a window as air raid sirens blare and a baby cries. A person can be heard to say "merde," which is the French word for sh**.

The video post received more than 10,000 likes and viewed more than 300,000 times within the first 12 hours.

It goes on to show smoke rising from the area around the Eiffel Tower and fighter planes flying over the River Seine. It ends with a message saying: "Just think if this were to happen in another European capital" and a quote from Zelensky.

"We will fight to the end," Zelensky is quoted as saying. "Just give us a chance to live. Close the sky over Ukraine or give us air fighters. If we fall, you fall."

The defense ministry tweeted "@NATO close the sky over Ukraine!" in the post sharing the video.

Newsweek has asked the Élysée Palace and NATO for comment.

Zelensky slammed NATO for its refusal to impose a no-fly zone over his country on March 5. The military alliance has said it will not take that step for fear of engaging in direct confrontation with Russian forces.

However, the president said that that argument was the "self-hypnosis of those who are weak, under-confident inside."

"All the people who will die starting from this day will also die because of you. Because of your weakness, because of your disunity," Zelensky said.

NATO NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and Secretary of State Antony Blinken both said NATO would not impose a no-fly zone in comments on March 4.

"The only way to implement a no-fly zone is to send NATO fighter planes into Ukrainian airspace and then impose that no-fly zone by shooting down Russian planes," Stoltenberg said.

The video comes as there were concerns on Saturday that Russian forces were readying for a major attack on Kyiv and the U.K.'s Ministry of Defence said that a number of Ukrainian cities were already encircled.

Woman Poses in Ukraine Defense Ministry Video
In this screenshot from an edited video posted by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, a woman poses with the Eiffel Tower before Paris is attacked. Ukraine Ministry of Defense/Twitter