Kaptur Applauds Passage Of Legislation in Support of Ukraine

September 17, 2014
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 17, 2014) -- Congresswoman Kaptur today applauded the unanimous passage of a House resolution expressing support for the nation and people of Ukraine in their quest for independence.

Kaptur, co-chair of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, co-sponsored the bipartisan resolution that was offered by Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pennsylvania).

Here is Congresswoman Kaptur’s statement on the House floor in support of the resolution:

“As we continue to strongly support the right of the people of Ukraine to freely determine their own futures, their sovereignty, without outside interference and God forbid, further bloodshed or loss of life. The brave people of Ukraine continue to face incredible challenges, not only an assault on their borders by Russia, but reforming their own government and their judiciary to develop a rich civil society.

The task that lies ahead for Ukraine is daunting, but beckons liberty forward. This is Ukraine’s moment in modern history. I expect her to become one of the greatest nations in Europe. While the situation remains unstable, there are clear signs of hope, the ultimate reflection of the intrepid souls of the Ukrainian people who have endured so very much. Just yesterday, Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko, signed the landmark and long-awaited European Union association agreement, a brave step forward.

We recall it was this desire for a closer association with Europe and the West on the part of the Ukrainian people that was ultimately responsible for the start of the crisis which persists today. As a great nation, the name ‘Ukraine’ means borderland. Ukraine should reach west and east and north and south. It is just that vast a land and its potential unlimited. But in trying to accomplish that effort with Europe, what began as a peaceful protest in Kyiv, the capital, ended in bloodshed, first at the hands of the former corrupt Yanukovich regime and now at the hands of Russian agitators under the directives and support of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.

Still, we look forward to tomorrow’s historic joint meeting of our Congress, here in this House, in honor of President Petro Poroshenko’s first visit to the United States.

We must heed President Poroshenko’s words and take into consideration any request he makes of us, a vital friend, an ally. We continue to stand in solidarity with Ukraine and her people and the passage of this bill, H.Res. 726, on the eve of President Poroshenko’s visit, aims to illustrate the special friendship and bond between our people…

We share Ukraine’s struggle…”