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NATO rejects Ukraine no******
This handout video grab taken and released by the Ukraine Presidency press service on March 4, 2022, shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivering an address in Kiev.
NATO on Friday rejected Ukrainian calls to help it protect its skies from Russian missiles and warplanes, wary of being dragged into Moscow's conflicts with its neighbor, but Europe promised more sanctions.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky strongly criticized the decision, saying the alliance had given Russia the green light to continue its bombing campaign.
He had earlier appealed to NATO to set up a no-fly zone over Ukraine.
"We are not part of this conflict," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in denying Ukraine's request.
"We have a responsibility as NATO allies to prevent this war from escalating beyond Ukraine because that would be even more dangerous, more devastating and would cause even more human suffering," he said following a NATO meeting in Brussels.
Ukraine wants to join the European Union and NATO, moves which Moscow says threaten its security and influence.
"Today there was a NATO summit, a weak summit, a confused summit, a summit where it was clear that not everyone considers the battle for Europe's freedom to be the No.1 goal," Zelensky said a televised address late on Friday.
"Today, the leadership of the alliance gave the green light for further bombing of Ukrainian cities and villages, having refused to set up a no-fly zone."
While the West condemned Putin, members of the 30-strong NATO are bound to defend each other in case of attack and wary of sinking into a war with nuclear-armed Russia. The EU threatened more sanctions but it was not clear what it could do.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the alliance would defend "every inch" of NATO territory and that Moscow should not doubt Washington's resolve.
But the alliance – in which the United States, Britain and France are also nuclear powers – dashed Ukraine's hopes of immediate help.
Brazilian Serie A: Paranaense ease relegation fears******
RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Athletico Paranaense eased their relegation fears with a 1-0 home win over Cuiaba in Brazil's Serie A championship on Friday.。
Pedro Neves struck the winning goal in the 58th minute as the hosts secured their 13th win of the campaign.。
Paranaense, winners of this year's Copa Sudamericana - South America's equivalent of the Europa League - are now five points clear of the relegation places with two games left in the season. Cuiaba are 16th, just three points above the drop zone.。
Meanwhile, Valentin Depietri scored in the 82nd minute as Fortaleza all but secured a berth in next year's Copa Libertadores with a 1-0 win at home to Juventude.。
The result left Fortaleza fifth in the 10-team standings with 55 points while Juventude are 15th, above Cuiaba on goal difference.。
In other Brazilian Serie A fixtures on Friday, Flamengo drew 1-1 at Sport Recife and Atletico Goianiense prevailed 1-0 at Chapecoense. Enditem。
Countdown to Beijing 2022******
WARSAW, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- The coach of Poland women's ice hockey team Ivan Bednar has emphasized that "the main goal of his players is to secure a ticket to Beijing."
On Thursday, Poland will play their first match in the Olympic qualification tournament in Chomutov, the Czech Republic. Bednar's team will face hosts Czech Republic, Hungary and Norway. Only the winner will get the Olympic ticket.。
"A tough challenge awaits us as we fight for something big. The Czech Republic is certainly the favorite to win the tournament. They are the highest-ranked. They have a lot of forwards playing in the best leagues in the world and they will play at the home ground," Bodnar explained in the interview with local media on Tuesday.。
Poland still dreams about their first Olympic performance at the women's hockey tournament. The team was created in 2011.。
"At the 2019 IIHF Women's World Championship Division I Group B competition in Beijing, we finished third. We believe we could beat every team. I regret that in 2020 the championship had to be canceled due to the pandemic. However, we are ready for the Olympic tournament, at this level you don't have easy games in the schedule," he added.。
The United States, Canada, Finland, the Russian Olympic Committee, Switzerland and Japan will play at the Olympic tournament as the top six women's teams in the world ranking, while China secure a spot as the hosts.。
The three qualifying winners will join these teams. The tournaments of three groups will be held on November 11-14 in the Czech Republic, Germany and Sweden. Enditem。