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Statements on Ukraine - Congressional

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


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


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


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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