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Senator Collins Condemns Putin’s Unjustified War Against Ukraine, Discusses Bipartisan CODEL to Europe

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Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins spoke from the Senate floor this afternoon to discuss the bipartisan congressional delegation visit to Poland and Germany last weekend and condemn Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine.


“We have only to watch the scenes of what Putin is doing to try to destroy Ukraine and to break the will of its people,” said Senator Collins.  “He has bombed apartment buildings, schools, theaters, shelters, humanitarian corridors.  He has bombed a maternity hospital.  What does that tell you about this man, this war criminal?  What more do we need to know?”


“We must ensure that the Ukrainians have the means to fight and defend their people from these ongoing atrocities ordered by Putin.  And we know—we saw firsthand—their extraordinary bravery, their determination to fight for their country, to put everything they have on the line,” Senator Collins continued.  “Every moment, every hour, every day counts.  We do not have time for endless debate and delay.  That costs the lives of innocent Ukrainians.  As a Ukrainian leader told us, ‘The Administration must stop telling Putin what America will not do.  It must say what we will do.’”


In addition to pressing for the delivery of more military and humanitarian aid, Senator Collins urged the Administration to ease the process of allowing Ukrainians to stay with family members in the U.S.


During her remarks, Senator Collins also acknowledged the U.S. service members she met in Europe, including Sergeant Kathleen Boone from Crystal, Maine, at Weisbaden in Germany; Major Frank Kessler, a UMaine graduate from Amherst, who was with the 82nd Airborne in Poland; and Sergeant Dylan Lodge from Waterville at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany.


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