Government Statements

Statement from Senator Toomey

Toomey Calls for Sanctions After Russia Invades Ukraine

 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) released the following statement calling on the U.S. to impose sanctions on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine:

 “Yesterday’s events are simply Putin’s latest effort to degrade Ukraine’s sovereignty and turn it into a vassal state. This war Russia is choosing to wage will create a humanitarian crisis in Europe with millions of displaced Ukrainians.

 “The United States and our allies must aim to stop this war before the damage escalates further by imposing harsh sanctions on Russia to ensure Putin understands there will be a crippling cost to his abuses. The NYET Act—which Senator Risch and I introduced last week—would make Putin feel the consequences of his invasion of Ukraine by imposing secondary sanctions on Russian financial institutions. I urge the Senate to take up this legislation as soon as we return next week.”

Statement from Homeland Security

President Biden to Announce Uniting for Ukraine, a New Streamlined Process to Welcome Ukrainians Fleeing Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

April 21, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. -

Today, the President will announce Uniting for Ukraine, a new streamlined process to provide Ukrainian citizens who have fled Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression opportunities to come to the United States, fulfilling President Biden’s commitment to welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russia’s aggression as a result of the ongoing Russia-Ukraine crisis. In addition, the State Department is announcing increased refugee resettlement processing and broadened access to visa processing at consular posts overseas. This builds on the robust humanitarian assistance the U.S. government is providing to complement the efforts of generous countries throughout Europe who are hosting Ukrainian citizens who have been displaced. 

“We are proud to deliver on President Biden’s commitment to welcome 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russian aggression to the United States. The Ukrainian people continue to suffer immense tragedy and loss as a result of Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified attack on their country,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “DHS will continue to provide relief to the Ukrainian people, while supporting our European allies who have shouldered so much as the result of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.” 

“The U.S. Department of State stands with the people of Ukraine,” said Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken. “We will help deliver on the President’s commitment to welcome 100,000 Ukrainian citizens and others forced to flee their homes in Ukraine, and our partnership with the Department of Homeland Security will help us fulfill that commitment.” 

Uniting for Ukraine is a streamlined process for Ukrainian citizens who have been displaced by Russia’s aggression to apply for humanitarian parole in the United States. To be eligible, Ukrainians must have been residents in Ukraine as of February 11, 2022, have a sponsor in the United States, complete vaccinations and other public health requirements, and pass rigorous biometric and biographic screening and vetting security checks. Ukrainians approved via this process will be authorized to travel to the United States and be considered for parole, on a case-by-case basis, for a period of up to two years. Once paroled through this process, Ukrainians will be eligible for work authorization. 

Beginning on April 25, 2022, U.S.-based individuals and entities can apply to DHS to sponsor Ukrainian citizens who have been displaced by Russia’s aggression through the Uniting for Ukraine process, which will go live that day on the DHS website. Any U.S. citizen or individual, including representatives of non-government organizations, can sponsor Ukrainian applicants. Individuals and organizations seeking to sponsor Ukrainian citizens in the United States will be required to declare their financial support and pass security background checks to protect against exploitation and abuse. The Department of Homeland Security will administer the program. Eligibility requirements will include required vaccinations and other public health requirements, as well as biographic and biometric screening, vetting, and security checks. 

The United States strongly encourages Ukrainians seeking refuge in the United States who do not have and are not eligible for a visa to seek entry via Uniting for Ukraine from Europe, this will be the safest and most efficient way to pursue temporary refuge in the United States. The U.S. government is working with European partners to ensure Ukrainians can meet the vaccination requirements of Uniting for Ukraine.  

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Statement from Congressman Fitzpatrick

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Ukraine Caucus and House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, Environment, and Cyber, Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), released the following statement regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recognition of the independence of Ukraine’s breakaway regions Luhansk and Donetsk and subsequent deployment of troops to sovereign Ukrainian territory:

“Putin’s recognition of separatist breakaway regions in Eastern Ukraine is a provocative escalation of Russia’s ongoing, unprovoked aggression against Ukraine. Putin has made his intentions clear and has acted upon them. Just as Russia illegally occupied and annexed Crimea eight years ago, Putin’s latest actions are a continuation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine’s sovereign territory. Putin’s decision to send Russian troops, tanks, and equipment into Eastern Ukraine under the guise of ‘peacekeeping’ is an act of war that directly violates the Minsk Protocol and removes all doubt that Russia seeks a diplomatic path forward.

“As we have done before with other rogue powers, it is time for the United States to send a clear message: if Russia insists on directly violating the sovereignty of another state and jeopardizing global security, there will be severe and sweeping economic consequences. President Biden’s strategy of restraint and ‘invasion first, sanctions later’ is no longer an effective means of deterring Putin’s aggression and imminent full-scale invasion of Ukraine. No more half-measures. We need to impose immediate, crippling sanctions that strike at the heart of Putin’s corrupt regime and the Russian economy, bring about a permanent end to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and remove Russia from the SWIFT international banking and payments system.

“In keeping with our commitments, the United States and our global allies must ensure the safety and security of our partner Ukraine, and I look forward to working with the Administration and my colleagues in Congress in the days ahead to see this through. The world is watching, and the time to act is now.”

Fitzpatrick Statement on Putin’s March to War Against UkraineFebruary 22, 2022

Ukrainian World Congress Statement

STOP RUSSIA’S FULL-SCALE INVASION OF UKRAINE!

Russia declared an open and unprovoked war against Ukraine, launching a full-scale multi-pronged invasion in the early hours of February 24, 2022. The Russian Armed Forces are shelling peaceful cities, bringing death and terror to Ukraine and to the whole European continent in an attempt to subjugate Ukraine to Moscow’s imperial rule.

The armed forces of the Russian Federation launched an intensive shelling of all of Ukraine. Confirmed accounts at this hour include missile/bomb strikes at airports across Ukraine, including Kyiv, Lviv, Ternopil, Ozerne, Kulbakino, Chuhuiv, Kramatorsk, Chornobaivka, as well as on military infrastructure of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. At the same time the aggressor started artillery shelling of the areas and settlements along the state border and administrative boundary with temporarily occupied territory of Crimea.

The Ukrainian World Congress calls on the international community to stop Kremlin’s premeditated atrocious war against Ukraine, against Europe and against international rules-based order. We urge all peace-loving nations to act with unity and resolve now and support Ukrainian peoples’ right to statehood and independence.

Specifically, UWC urges allies to

1. Immediately enact full sanctions on Russia, including removal from SWIFT

2. Immediately provide weapons and military equipment for Ukraine

3. Censure Russia from all international organizations, including the UN, Council of Europe and OSCE

4. Ban Russian ships from Western ports

5. Provide financial and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine

“Ukraine’s Armed Forces and the people of Ukraine are courageously fighting Russian invasion. Ukrainians will resist and the world must stand with Ukraine against the aggressor. Glory to Ukraine. Glory to Her Heroes” – stated Paul Grod, UWC President.

Слава Україні! Героям Слава!

#StandWithUkraine #StopRussianAggression

CALL TO ACTION

UWC urges all Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine to

• Immediately write to your respective governments and elected officials calling to stop Russia’s war and support Ukraine

• Host immediate public rallies in support of Ukraine

• Share the truth about Russia’s war against Ukraine with the media in your country

• Boycott all Russian goods and services

Statement from Congressman Boyle

US NATO PA DELEGATION CHAIRMAN BOYLE STATEMENT ON CONFRONTING RUSSIA

 

 BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – Chairman of the U.S. delegation at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting at its headquarters, Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) gave a speech this morning to fellow parliamentarians from the thirty NATO allies:

 

 “This is the most serious moment Europe has faced since April 1945. Vladimir Putin’s thuggish actions stand in stark contrast with Ukraine’s right to exist. It also is the greatest challenge the US and European allies have faced since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

 

 “It is no secret that Putin intends to use these declarations as a pretext to further invade Ukraine. We must stand in strong solidarity with the Ukrainian people amid this assault on their freedom. Together, we have a responsibility to protect the Ukrainian government during one of the most severe attacks on democracy and the international order since 1945.

 

 “In response, we must impose crippling sanctions on the Russian regime, including sanctions on Putin personally. He has corruptly amassed billions of dollars in personal wealth—money he stole from the Russian people. We must go after that, too. Putin must pay the highest possible price personally.

 

 I look forward to working with my colleagues at home and abroad to defend democracy.”

February 22, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Ukraine Caucus, Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), , Mike Quigley (D-IL), and Andy Harris (R-MD), released the following statement regarding Russia’s illegal recognition of the independence of Luhansk and Donetsk and imminent deployment of troops to Ukrainian territory:

Russia’s illegal recognition of the independence of Luhansk and Donetsk, and imminent deployment of troops to Ukrainian territory, are nothing short of ordering an invasion. Putin's justifications for this aggression are patently false. There are no independent regions of Ukraine, and there is no legitimate peacekeeping mission for Russia to conduct. Ukraine is not a threat to Russia, but Ukraine’s independence and democracy jeopardizes Putin’s stranglehold on power.

Ukraine’s security and its ability to exercise self-determination cannot be contingent upon Russian assent – they must be guaranteed. The Free World has a responsibility to uphold the tenants of the Budapest Memorandum and Minsk Agreement, and to defend Ukraine against imminent invasion.

To that end, we call upon the United States and its international partners to immediately: 

  • Terminate the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project and develop a coordinated strategy to establish Ukraine’s energy independence.

  • Impose robust global sanctions against the Russian oligarchy.

  • Deliver additional land, sea, air, and cyber military assistance to Ukraine through direct funding and transfer of excess defense articles – with deliberate care to avoid unnecessary risks.

  • Support Ukraine’s economy through direct investments in the public and private sectors as well as loan guarantees.

  • Increase resources for the U.S. Agency for Global Media and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Now is the time for the Free World to rise up and act decisively in defense of liberty. By strengthening Ukraine’s position, demonstrating a unified global coalition, and forcing Putin to grasp the consequences Russia will suffer – the world may avert the breakout of war the likes of which it has not seen in nearly a century.