Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today issued the following statement after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s address to Congress:
“I was honored to attend Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s address to Congress today. The United States Congress and the American people stand with the people of Ukraine in this, their hour of need.
“The Ukrainian people have suffered immensely in recent months. In the face of violence and pressure, they have shown bravery and courage. Peaceful protesters of all ages and from all walks of life braved gunfire on the Maidan to demand a better future for their children and their country. Many of them made the ultimate sacrifice. The Ukrainian security forces have also suffered significant losses as they face a foe now overtly supported by Russia. Despite the invasion of their territory and ongoing threats, Ukraine’s leaders have tried to keep their country on the path toward full democracy and economic reform.
“Since the beginning of this crisis, I have advocated for a stronger U.S. response to Russia’s blatant violation of the post-World War II international order. Today, I will support additional sanctions and the provision of lethal assistance to Ukraine as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee considers the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014. We need to continue to show our allies and partners that the United States will continue to stand with them, and against the aggression of Vladimir Putin’s Russia.”