BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on Russia’s deadly barrage of strikes on Ukraine:
“Putin’s barrage of strikes on civilian structures in Ukraine today, including a children’s playground and water and electric plants, is proof that Russia is a terrorist state committing acts of genocide. Ukraine needs better, longer-range air defenses, including fighter jets, and it needs them now. Better arming and equipping of Ukraine will help save lives and give Ukraine the capacity to end this war faster. The Biden Administration can and must do more to defend Ukraine.
“Putin is sending a message that he will continue to escalate his brutality. The West should not allow him to get away with this.”