Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined a group of her colleagues in sending a letter to Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Avril Haines urging increased intelligence sharing with the Ukrainians.
“We write with regard to the brutal Russian invasion and crimes in Ukraine and the need for the U.S. Intelligence Community to ensure that Ukrainian forces have the resources to counter Putin’s military,” the Senators wrote. “We remain deeply concerned that not enough is being done to share critical intelligence that would assist the Ukrainians as Russian forces move to secure territory in the southern and eastern parts of the country.”
“In recent weeks, Ukrainian forces have carried out heroic efforts to retake territory from the Russian invaders,” continued the Senators. “As we watch Russia turn its focus to southern and eastern Ukraine, we urge you to ensure that our intelligence agencies proactively share intelligence with the Ukrainians to help them protect, defend, and retake every inch of Ukraine’s sovereign territory, which includes Crimea and the Donbas. “
“The people of Ukraine are inspiring the world by their bravery and courage in the face of increasing cruelty and mounting evidence of atrocities and crimes against humanity committed by Putin’s military,” concluded the Senators. “We must stand with them in their darkest hour and provide them with as much information as quickly as possible.”
In addition to Senator Collins, the letter was co-signed by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Richard Burr (R-NC), James Risch (R-ID), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Ben Sasse (R-NE).