November 3, 2022
Kyiv, UKRAINE – US Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Coons (D-DE) today issued the following statement after traveling to Ukraine to meet with President Zelenskyy, Foreign Minister Kuleba, Attorney General Andriy Kostin and other Ukrainian officials. The senators also visited the headquarters of Ukrainian energy company Ukrenergo, which was damaged in an attack by Russian forces.
“We are here today to underscore the broad support that continues to exist in the Congress for the Ukrainian People. We met with President Zelenskyy to discuss Ukraine’s needs as it continues to defend against this brutal Russian invasion and to show American solidarity with the Ukrainian people. President Zelenskyy expressed his gratitude to the American people for the essential security, economic and humanitarian assistance we continue to provide, and we saw how that assistance saves lives when we visited a World Food Program food distribution center.
“We also visited the headquarters of Ukrenergo, an example of the Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, the largest campaign against civilian energy infrastructure in human history. Russian attacks continue to harm Ukraine’s economy and endanger the lives of millions of Ukrainian civilians as winter approaches. This is just one more in the series of atrocities that Russia has committed during this illegal war.
“We have seen firsthand the resilience and strength of the Ukrainian people in the face of these atrocities, and they deserve our support. Ukrainian Attorney General Kostin is working to hold Vladimir Putin and his regime accountable, and we discussed their efforts in Ukraine, the United States, and the International Criminal Court to prosecute Russian officials for war crimes. The international community must join Ukraine in this effort.
Senator Portman is co-chair and co-founder of the Ukrainian Senate Caucus and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Senator Coons is Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.