04.19.22

Following Visit to Ukraine, Daines & Spartz Push Biden to Take More Action

U.S. CONGRESS – U.S. Senator Steve Daines (Mont.) and Congresswoman Victoria Spartz (Ind.) today are pushing President Biden to take additional immediate actions to support Ukraine. This comes after Daines and Spartz were the first United States officials to visit Ukraine and speak with Ukrainian leaders on the ground since Russia’s invasion.

“We write following our recent visit to Ukraine where we saw firsthand the devastation and atrocities committed by Russian forces on the Ukrainian people in Bucha and elsewhere. The mass graves, extrajudicial killings, and violence against civilians clearly demonstrated the evil of President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. These war crimes are at once unmistakable and unforgivable, and we urge you to do everything in our country’s power to ensure Ukraine wins this war and peace is achieved,” Daines and Spartz wrote. 

“During our visit we had the opportunity to meet with Ukrainian leaders, local officials, and international organizations to learn the needs on the ground and the importance of additional assistance,” the letter continues. 

The letter calls on President Biden and his administration to deliver robust lethal aid more quickly, restore the U.S.’ diplomatic presence in Ukraine, support international investigations into Putin’s war crimes, and urge allies and partners to increase support for Ukraine and reduce their dependence on Russia for energy.

Read the full letter HERE. 

Daines and Spartz met with Ukrainian officials and saw firsthand the aftermath of Putin’s atrocious war crimes against the people of Ukraine last week.

 

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Contact: Rachel Dumke,  Katie Schoettler