House Votes to Condemn Russian Violation of Ukrainian Sovereignty

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives tonight voted to condemn the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity by military forces of the Russian Federation.  After the vote, U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement:

“This resolution sends a strong message that the U.S. will stand with the people of Ukraine against Russia’s intrusion into the Crimean Peninsula. This military intervention is a gross violation of international law and existing treaties, and Russia should immediately withdraw its military forces. Last week, President Obama ordered sanctions on individuals responsible for the military intervention in Ukraine, including travel bans and freezing of their U.S. assets.  This was an important step and we must continue to pursue all available economic and diplomatic options to make clear to Russia that it must withdraw from the Crimean peninsula.  I hope tonight’s strong bipartisan message of support for democracy and freedom will bring strength to the people of Ukraine.”

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