FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2022
Contact: Laura Lithgow
The war we are witnessing this week in Ukraine is heartbreaking. There is no justification for the chaos and destruction that Putin has chosen to unleash on the Ukrainian people. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is a flagrant violation of international law and human rights.
The reality of the tragedy unfolding before us is complex, but, whilst bombs are dropping, we must act with urgency and use every diplomatic tool available to end this conflict. In partnership with the international community, I support severe sanctions to hold Putin and the oligarchs that enable him accountable.
At the same time, we must also accelerate our transition to renewable energy. Our dependence on oil and our aging power grid has empowered Putin by leaving the U.S. vulnerable to price shocks and cyber attacks. That’s why I’m calling on President Biden to support the Green New Deal.
This is only the beginning of what will be a devastating humanitarian crisis. There will be potentially millions of casualties, families torn apart, and thousands forced to flee the only home they’ve ever known. The United States has an obligation to lead a comprehensive humanitarian response. We must be prepared to open our doors and do whatever we can to support the refugees that will inevitably result from this conflict.
The people of Ukraine are in my thoughts and I hope peace will prevail.