Portman, Durbin, Ukraine Caucus Receive Updates From Members of the Ukrainian Parliament

June 16, 2022 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), Co-Chairs of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, hosted members of the Ukrainian Parliament so that they could brief members of the Caucus on the latest events regarding Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine and how the U.S. Senate can continue to better support our ally through military, economic and humanitarian assistance. Ukrainian Parliament members in attendance included David Arakhamia, Yevheniia Kravchuk, Anastasiia Radina, Andriy Kostin, Oleksandra Ustinova, and Rustem Umerov. Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova was also in attendance. The discussion comes on the heels of the 100-day mark of Russia’s assault on Ukraine, which was June 7th.

“Thank you to the members of Ukraine’s parliament for meeting with us today and giving the caucus an important update on the situation on the ground in Ukraine. Two weeks ago we hit a grim milestone – 100 days of this brutal and unprovoked war. While Russia has not been able to claim victory like they thought they would, they are making incremental advances in the Donbas region and elsewhere. It is more important than ever to do everything in our power to help our ally Ukraine defeat Putin,” said Portman.This will require the Biden administration to send additional weaponry more quickly. We must also work to end the blockade of Ukrainian ports immediately as the current situation is leading to food shortages around the world. Food should never be used as a weapon during wartime.”

“Vladimir Putin’s criminal acts in Ukraine represent a dark chapter in world history. As his military continues to attack, innocent Ukrainians are forced to flee and fear for their safety and that of their families,” said Durbin. “Amid such barbarism, the resilience of the Ukrainian people is unparalleled. In speaking with members of Ukraine’s Parliament today, I emphasized that I will continue to work with my Senate colleagues to provide equipment, tighten economic pressure on Putin and his cronies, and welcome Ukrainian refugees into the U.S.”

Senator Portman continues to urge the Biden administration to send more defensive weaponry to Ukraine, including High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems or HIMARS, which are superior to Russian artillery, so that Ukraine can better push back on Russian advancements.

As co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, Senator Portman has met with Ukrainian officials multiple times here in Washington and has traveled to Ukraine and other countries in Eastern Europe to hear from officials on the ground.

Photos of the meeting are available below: