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Statements on Ukraine - Congressional

U.S. Congressmen Support Ukraine; U.S. Troops
April 13, 2017

Yavoriv, Ukraine — A congressional delegation including Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., Rep. Ralph Abraham, R-La., and Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., all of the House Armed Services Committee, and Rep. Steve Palazzo, R-Miss., of the House Committee on Appropriations, visited the combat training center near Yavoriv, Ukraine this week to survey the progress of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine.

"…I want people to understand how vitally important it is to American interests that we help Ukraine.... every nation on the western border of Ukraine is a NATO ally and it is in all of our best interests that Ukraine be successful in this endeavor," said Rep. Rogers. "We, the congress in particular, fully support Ukraine."

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Roskam to Tillerson: Ukraine Matters
April 13, 2017

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam (IL-6) wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today to express his strong support for Ukraine and the U.S.-Ukraine relationship.

“As you conclude your official visit to Europe and the Russian Federation, I write to express my strong support for Ukraine and the U.S.-Ukraine relationship. The United States must do everything we can to stop Russia’s hybrid warfare against Ukraine. As Vladimir Putin seeks to destabilize Europe, undermine democratic governments across the region, and rebuild an expansionist Russian empire, the U.S. and our allies must remain resolute in our commitment to the Ukrainian people and Ukrainian democracy.”

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Ukraine Caucus Co-Chairs Statement on Secretary Tillerson’s Ukraine Comments
April 12, 2017

Washington, D.C.—Congressional Ukraine Caucus Co-Chairs, Reps. Andy Harris (R-MD), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Sander Levin (D-MI), today issued the following statement in response to reported comments by Secretary of State Tillerson on Ukraine:

“We are deeply concerned with the reported question asked by Secretary of State Tillerson ‘Why should U.S. taxpayers be interested in Ukraine?’ It is abundantly clear that the U.S. has a major security interest in a free and democratic Ukraine, one not subject to Russian aggression…It is imperative that the United States stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine, who have demonstrated time and again their shared values for sovereignty, human rights, and the rule of law.”

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Boyle & Fitzpatrick Introduce Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act
April 6, 2017

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressmen Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) and Brian K. Fitzpatrick (PA-8) introduced H.R. 1997, the Ukraine Cybersecurity Cooperation Act, legislation to encourage cooperation between the United States and Ukraine on matters of cybersecurity.

“…It is past time we step up to work with our ally Ukraine in furtherance of our mutual interest in cyber security, the modern battlefield,” said Congressman Boyle. “Ukraine is a frontline for nation state-directed cyber-attacks, which are potential harbingers of attacks on the United States. Helping Ukraine strengthen its cyber defenses will not only protect Ukraine from future attacks, but it will also help the United States develop new and more effective technologies and strategies.” 

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Statement by SASC Chairman John McCain on Anti-Corruption Progress in Ukraine
March 10, 2017

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on the arrest of Roman Nasirov, Ukraine’s top tax official and director of the State Fiscal Service, pending embezzlement charges: “The arrest of Roman Nasirov, Ukraine’s top tax official and director of the State Fiscal Service, pending embezzlement charges is a positive step forward for the Government of Ukraine in its fight against the corruption. The National Anticorruption Bureau (NABU) has done commendable work on this investigation and in its tireless efforts to tackle official corruption.”

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Quigley Statement on Meeting with President Poroshenko in Ukraine
February 22, 2017

Ukraine—Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the below statement following his meeting with the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko: “…We must stand by our friends in Ukraine as they stay the course on what is undoubtedly a long road toward a stable democracy, and we can do our part by preserving and enhancing international sanctions against Russia. The Trump Administration’s consideration to remove sanctions on Russia is dangerous, misguided, and damages U.S. global creditability, as it shortsightedly eliminates any leverage we have on the Kremlin.”

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Kaptur introduces bipartisan House Resolution calling on Russia to stop the bombing and violent attacks in eastern Ukraine
February 3, 2017 


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), a founding Co-chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, today introduced a resolution calling on Russia to stop violating the agreed upon cease fire, and stop the violence in eastern Ukraine. The resolution comes after the aggressive escalation of attacks by Russia on Avdiivka in the Donetsk Region of Ukraine.

The resolution was introduced with fellow Ukraine Caucus Co-chairs Rep. Andy Harris (MD-01), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) and Rep. Sandy Levin (MI-09). Additionally, Ukraine Caucus Co-chairs put out a statement condemning the violence yesterday.  To read the full press release:  CLICK HERE

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SASC Chairman John McCain Urges President Trump to Provide Defensive Lethal Assistance to Ukraine 
February 2, 2017 


Washington, D.C. 
­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to President Donald Trump yesterday raising concerns about Russia’s recent attacks against Ukraine, and urging the president to provide the defensive lethal assistance the Ukrainian forces need to defend themselves. 

“Vladimir Putin’s violent campaign to destabilize and dismember the sovereign nation of Ukraine will not stop unless and until he meets a strong and determined response,” writes Chairman McCain..." To read the full press release:  CLICK HERE


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Bipartisan Ukrainian Caucus Co-Chairs Statement on Escalation of Violence in Eastern Ukraine 
February 2, 2017 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Ukrainian Caucus Co-Chairs, Reps. Andy Harris (R-MD), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Sander Levin (D-MI), today issued the following statement on the escalation of violence in Eastern Ukraine:

“We call on Russia-controlled separatists to immediately stop the violence in Eastern Ukraine, honor the ceasefire, and withdraw heavy weapons. We reaffirm our support for the Minsk accords, and stand in strong opposition to all efforts that would encourage military action against Ukraine... "     To read the full press release:  CLICK HERE


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Cardin Statement in Escalation of Violence in Ukraine 
February 2, 2017

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Thursday amid escalating violence in Ukraine:

“In recent days, there has been a sharp spike in violence in Ukraine, and I mourn the loss of eight Ukrainian servicemembers who have been killed in the fighting.  The United States needs to stand up for principles.  I call upon Russia and its separatist proxies in eastern Ukraine to abide by the terms of the Minsk protocols and immediately cease the violence, which affects so many civilians in the region. It is incumbent upon the Senate to clearly express its support for the sovereignty of Ukrainian and solidarity with our close allies in Europe.  That is why I was glad to work with Senator McCain and eight other colleagues on a bipartisan basis on legislation to codify existing sanctions into law as well as increase pressure on Russia to comply with its international commitments.  The Senate must move on this legislation.”  Source

 


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