Senators Portman and Coons Statement on Congressional Delegation to Ukraine

November 3, 2022 | Press Releases

KYIV, UKRAINE – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Coons (D-DE) issued the following statement today after traveling to Ukraine to meet with President Zelenskyy, Foreign Minister Kuleba, Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin, and other Ukrainian officials. The senators also toured the headquarters of the Ukrainian energy company Ukrenergo, which was damaged in an attack by Russian forces.

“We are here today to underscore the broad support that continues to exist in Congress for the Ukrainian people. We met with President Zelenskyy to discuss Ukraine’s needs as it continues to defend itself against this brutal Russian invasion and to show American solidarity with the Ukrainian people. President Zelenskyy expressed his gratitude to the American people for the critical security, economic, and humanitarian assistance we continue to provide, and we saw how this assistance saves lives when we toured a World Food Programme food distribution center.

“We also visited the headquarters of Ukrenergo, one example of the Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, the largest campaign against civilian energy infrastructure in human history. Russian attacks continue to damage the Ukrainian economy and put the lives of millions of Ukrainian civilians at risk as winter approaches. It is one more piece of the series of atrocities Russia has committed during this illegal war.

“We saw firsthand the resilience and strength of the Ukrainian people in the face of these atrocities, and they deserve our support. Ukrainian Prosecutor General Kostin is working to hold Vladimir Putin and his regime accountable, and we discussed their efforts in Ukraine, the United States, and at the International Criminal Court to prosecute Russian officials for war crimes. The international community must join Ukraine in this effort.”

 Senator Portman is co-chair and co-founder of the Senate Ukraine Caucus and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Senator Coons is Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.