Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was among several senators who visited war-ravaged Ukraine last week. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut also made the trip to Kyiv, meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“We are keenly aware that in the last year, Ukrainian families have experienced a lot of suffering, and many mourn loved ones. But in the manner in which you've conducted yourself in this conflict, you have set a high standard for the rest of humanity. Watching Ukraine makes me proud to be a human being,” said Whitehouse at yesterday’s press conference.
“We intend to be with you until the end, which is victory,” said Whitehouse.
The delegation also met with Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin to discuss ways the United States can support ongoing efforts to hold Russian war criminals accountable.
“We're going to go back to Washington and continue to raise the pressure on accountability – to the International Criminal Court, to whatever international tribunal may be established, and to courts of law – for the inhumane conduct not only by Putin, not only by the Wagner Group, but right down to the officers and brutal soldiers who've committed war crimes,” pledged Whitehouse yesterday.
The three senators presented a unified front, praising the fighting spirit of the Ukrainian army. They also tried to calm fears of some Ukrainians that the Republicans who are now in charge of the U.S. House would cut war funding.
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