WASHINGTON, D.C. â€”Â After returning from a bipartisan delegation to Ukraine earlier this week, Senator Joe Donnelly voted today to provide aid to Ukraine and impose sanctions against Russia. The bill passed the Senate by bipartisan voice vote and now goes to the House.
Donnelly said, â€śRussia has blatantly violated another countryâ€™s sovereigntyâ€”a clear disregard for the rule of lawâ€”andÂ that is why I supported legislation that would impose sanctions on Russia while supporting Ukraine. When I was in Ukraine, everyone from government leaders to everyday citizens expressed serious concern about Russiaâ€™sÂ illegal invasion and annexation of Crimea,Â and today we are sending a strong message that we are punishing Russia for its actions and will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine.â€ť
On Sunday, Donnelly, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, met with Ukrainian government leaders and spoke with everyday citizens in Kiev.