Christopher A. Coons

02/24/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/24/2024 15:44

Senator Coons statement on two-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine

WILMINGTON, Del. - U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) released the following statement today marking the two-year anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine:

"Two years into the war in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has suffered a strategic defeat. His campaign to quickly overrun Ukraine and contain NATO has instead been met with fierce Ukrainian resistance, and NATO has expanded. Putin bet on a brutal war of attrition, counting on Ukraine and its allies to grow weary. On the second anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion, Russia has suffered massive battlefield losses and Ukrainians are as determined as ever, but some Americans are wavering in their defense of democracy, risking handing Putin a victory.

"More than fifty countries have contributed to Ukraine's defense, overall exceeding the contributions of the U.S., but without our sustained partnership, Ukraine cannot hold off the Russian invaders indefinitely. Almost two weeks ago, the Senate passed President Biden's national security supplemental funding request with an overwhelming, bipartisan majority. The Republican-led House must pass the supplemental bill funding Ukrainian assistance now, or risk abandoning our Ukrainian partners and standing on the wrong side of history."

Senator Coons is Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.