WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) met with leaders in Ohio’s Ukrainian community to urge support for the new government and condemn the Russian military siege of Crimea. On Wednesday, Brown joined a bipartisan group of 11 Senators in a Resolution condemning Russia’s escalating aggression and called for an immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from the region. The Resolution also calls for a negotiated settlement and urges the Obama Administration and the European Union to utilize a range of economic and diplomatic tools to help foster peace in Ukraine.
“Russia must respect Ukraine's sovereignty and immediately withdraw its troops from Ukrainian soil,” Brown said. “Ukraine's people have a right to decide their own future without interference from Russia. The United States and international community should utilize all diplomatic and economic options to address this act of aggression and secure the rights and borders of Ukraine.
Brown was joined by Andrew Futey, Executive Vice President, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America; Marta Kelleher, President, United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio; Wasyl Liscynesky, Trustee, Fund to Aid Ukraine; Dr. Maria Strus, Treasurer, Ukrainian American Medical Association Ohio; Orest Liscynesky, Cleveland Selfreliance Federal Credit Union; Rev. Roman Zahursky, Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church; Serhiy Zadko, President, New Ukrainian Wave; Diana Prodan, Director, Ukrainian Cultural Arts Association; and Natalka Liscynesky, Community Activist.
A link to the Resolution can be found: HERE