TOLEDO, Ohio (March 3, 2014) -- Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) today called upon the world community to help strengthen the fledgling government in Ukraine, which she termed “very weak.”

Appearing on CNN’s “New Day” program, Congresswoman Kaptur, co-chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, said the United States, working with its allies in Europe and elsewhere, has a “moral responsibility” to Ukraine.

She termed the current situation “extremely dangerous” and represents “the most critical moment” that Ukraine has faced since the fall of the Soviet Union.

“Ukrainians fight. And Russians fight. And the history of the Twentieth Century is that there is no place on earth where the soil is more blood soaked than there, and so there is a moral responsibility for our world. The United Nations should be working overtime to try to de-escalate the tensions there. I’m so disappointed in Russia. This was not the way to proceed. Right after the Olympics, we hoped for a different kind of world,” she said.

“This particular type of incursion had been thought about by our own government, we were concerned about it, but Russia in some ways was isolated and felt vulnerable and part of the problem is the weakness of the Ukrainian state. Again, my plea for the world community, particularly the OSCE and the United Nations, the European Union, to do what is necessary to strengthen the existing government of Ukraine.

“It’s very important for us to send observers to Ukraine now. We have relationships through our Guard with her military. I think we need to think very strategically with our European allies and allies around the world about how we add strength to Ukraine’s forces in the form of observers in the form of advice and assist her at this really critical moment—the most critical moment she has faced since 1991 with the fall of the Soviet Union.”