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US politicians on both sides of the aisle condemned Russia’s “unprovoked” attack on Ukraine on Wednesday night after news broke that Vladimir Putin had declared a “special military operation” in Ukraine and explosions could be heard in the capital Kyiv and in other parts of the country. the country.
“The prayers of the world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they come under an unprovoked and unwarranted attack by Russian military forces,” President Biden said in a statement from the White House. “President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will result in catastrophic loss of life and human suffering.”
Republican Utah Senator Mitt Romney said it was “the first time in 80 years that a great power has moved to conquer a sovereign nation.” He said the invasion was without “justification, provocation and without honour”.
He blamed “lukewarm” responses to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the “naive” reset under the Obama administration and Trump’s “America First.”
“History shows that a tyrant’s appetite for conquest is never satiated,” he said, adding that America and its allies must “protect freedom by subjecting Putin and Russia to sanctions. the toughest economic forces, expelling them from global institutions and committing to the expansion and modernization of our national defense.”
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Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said “the United States stands with Ukraine” in a tweet.
“We pray for the people of Ukraine as they defend themselves against Putin’s attempt to rebuild the former Soviet Union,” she added. “Biden must stand up to Putin and immediately impose tough sanctions on Russia – starting with the withdrawal of the SWIFT banking system. »
Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio wrote that Ukrainians are “tough people who will NEVER agree to be ruled by #Putin. Men, women, children, old people, they will fight and they will maim and kill a lot of Russians”.
Rubio posted several tweets about Ukraine on Wednesday evening, later adding, “To clarify what is underway, this is a full scale, full scale military assault across #Ukraine.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted that an “attack on Ukraine is an attack on democracy.” She said she “applauds” Biden for his “energetic leadership in imposing the first tranche of swift and severe sanctions to counter Russian aggression. The United States and our allies stand together in our unwavering support for the people Ukrainian”.
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Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said Putin’s “decision to invade is a move of evil, panicked weakness and will be his defining mistake,” adding that the Ukrainians will fight “for as long as it takes. to protect their nation from this foreign tyrant, and the United States will stand with them in this fight.”