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Chairman Menendez Pledges Unwavering Support for Ukraine on 32nd Independence Day

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman reaffirms his commitment to ensuring Ukraine has what it needs to fight back against Russian aggression, including supporting the Biden Administration’s latest funding request

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released this statement in support of Ukraine on the country’s 32nd anniversary of its independence.

“Nearly a year and a half into Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and almost a decade since President Putin’s forces began their brutal assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty, the Ukrainian people have given new meaning to the words bravery and resilience. Today, we honor the heroic Ukrainian men and women who are standing up in defense of their independence, a stronger Euro Atlantic community, and the basic principle that one country cannot simply invade another. As Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I am committed to doing my part to ensure that Ukraine has the resources it needs to fight back against Russia’s unprovoked assault, including through supporting the Biden Administration’s recent funding request to meet Ukraine’s urgent needs, and advocating for accelerated deliveries of security assistance.

“Throughout Ukraine’s history, the Ukrainian people have striven for a free, democratic, and representative country. From when the Verkhovna Rada declared independence on August 24, 1991, to when the Ukrainian people rejected Russian imperialism during the 2004 Orange Revolution and again during the 2013 Revolution of Dignity, the United States and the international community have heard their voices loud and clear. While Russia’s harrowing war crimes shock the world on a daily basis, I stand committed to helping Ukraine rebuild and thrive through modernizing key sectors and continuing to integrate Ukraine into the broader European and transatlantic community. Slava Ukraini."