Kaptur introduces bipartisan House Resolution calling on Russia to stop the bombing and violent attacks in eastern Ukraine

February 3, 2017
Press Release

Kaptur introduces bipartisan House Resolution calling on Russia to stop the bombing and violent attacks in eastern Ukraine
With many dead and dozens wounded, Kaptur leads call for Russia to stop the killing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), a founding Co-chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, today introduced a resolution calling on Russia to stop violating the agreed upon cease fire, and stop the violence in eastern Ukraine. The resolution comes after the aggressive escalation of attacks by Russia on Avdiivka in the Donetsk Region of Ukraine.

The resolution was introduced with fellow Ukraine Caucus Co-chairs Rep. Andy Harris (MD-01), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) and Rep. Sandy Levin (MI-09). Additionally, Ukraine Caucus Co-chairs put out a statement condemning the violence yesterday.

Statement from Kaptur:

“The day after our new President spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin, eastern Ukraine saw a surge of violent attacks from Russia, killing and wounding dozens while leaving thousands without power in the cold Ukrainian winter. Russia’s ongoing aggression in Ukraine is all part of a long-standing campaign to undermine the United States and its NATO allies.

“Russia is testing our new administration and America must stand up for the people of Ukraine and denounce the actions of Putin’s Russia. That is why I introduced with my Ukraine Caucus colleagues a resolution that does just this. I invite all my House colleagues to join me and call upon the Russian Federation to stop the violence and honor the cease-fire. 

“Additionally, Russia must withdraw heavy weapons and troops, stop financing separatists, allow repairs to critical infrastructure and fulfill all of its commitments under the Minsk Agreements.

“America must assist with the humanitarian crisis Ukraine faces and we can start with demanding Russia end the violent antics.”

Watch a video of Kaptur’s speech in Congress regarding Russia’s recent attacks in Ukraine here.


See text of resolution below:

Whereas in 2014, the Russian Federation forcibly and illegally occupied the Ukraine territory of Crimea and invaded regions of eastern Ukraine, in gross violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty, deserving condemnation from the international community;

Whereas the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances was signed December 5, 1994 by the United States, the United Kingdom and the Russian Federation pursuant to Ukraine's, Belarus's and Kazakhstan's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and included security assurances against threats or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of said countries;

Whereas on July 17, 2014, the Russia military violated Ukraine's territorial integrity by firing a Buk anti-aircraft missile which downed Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, killing 298 passengers and crew members;

Whereas the Russian Federation under President Vladimir Putin has engaged in relentless political, economic, and military aggression to subvert the independence and violate the territorial integrity of Ukraine;

Whereas combined Russian-separatist have massed tens of thousands of troops on its borders with Ukraine and maintained thousands of troops in eastern Ukraine;

Whereas Russia has committed millions of dollars into funding propaganda, disinformation, and military expenditures to further its aspirations to reassemble its empire;

Whereas Russian interference in the Ukraine contributed to the death of the ‘Heavenly Hundred’ during the Maidan;

Whereas Russia’s war in Ukraine has left more than 10,000 dead since 2014 and has created a humanitarian crisis that has left 1.7 million people internally displaced;

Whereas the humanitarian crisis is worsening as more than 5 million people in eastern Ukraine lack sufficient access to food, emergency shelter, and medical treatment;

Whereas on January 30th, 2017, according to the United States Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the number of recent Russian ceasefire violations in the Donbas have spiked greatly, with explosions around the Ukrainian town of Avdiivka surpassing 2,300;

Whereas damage from this recent bombardment has stranded 17,000 people, estimated to include 2,500 children, in Avdiivka without water, electricity, or heat in freezing conditions;

Whereas up to 400,000 individuals in the surrounding area are also at risk of hypothermia with winter’s freezing temperatures; 

Whereas Russia’s covert war in Ukraine is clear, gross and uncorrected violations of relevant OSCE commitments.  Russia’s action in Ukraine is just one aspect of its campaign to undermine the international order established, and defended at great cost, by the United States and its allies in the aftermath of World War II and the Cold War;

Whereas deterring Russian aggression in Ukraine is an effective way for the United States to protect its vital interests in NATO and around the world;

So be it resolved by the House of Representatives,

1.      The House of Representatives calls on the Russian Federation to:

a.       Stop the violence,

b.      Honor the ceasefire agreed to under the Minsk Accord,

c.       withdraw heavy weapons and troops from Ukraine’s sovereign territory,

d.      stop financing the separatists in Eastern Ukraine,

e.       allow repairs to critical infrastructure,

f.        and fulfill all of its Minsk commitments;

2.   The House of Representatives expresses its sense that continued and further unlawful Russian aggression in Ukraine may warrant considering the imposition of additional and more burdensome sanctions on the Russian Federation.

3.   The House of Representatives calls on the United States and other NATO countries to provide more defensive military support for Ukraine in fighting off Kremlin aggression.

4.   The House of Representatives calls on the United States, the United Nations and its constituent agencies to provide more support for the 1.7 million internally displaced people in Ukraine.