WASHINGTON, DC (WLOX) – Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker joins other lawmakers in Poland to talk about assessing the security situation caused by the Ukrainian invasion.
The group traveled to Poland on Saturday to meet with senior government officials and visit refugee sites to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to Poland, a press release from Wicker’s office said. This visit comes in response to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian forces continued to shell the port city of Mariupol, shelling a mosque that housed more than 80 people, including children, the Ukrainian government said on Saturday. Fighting also raged on the outskirts of Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, as Russia’s growing invasion bombarded other resistant cities to rubble.
Wicker had already traveled abroad in January to meet the Ukrainian president.
Wicker, who is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joins the senses. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. for the trip.
“Russian dictator Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine threatened to plunge Europe into the deadliest conflict since 1945,” Wicker said. “Putin’s continued attack on a sovereign nation demands a strong and united response from the United States and our NATO allies. I am happy to visit Poland as we work together to stop Putin’s advance. I also look forward to meeting with senior Polish officials to find new avenues of cooperation to support our brave Ukrainian friends.
“I’m proud to join my colleagues on this important trip to Poland,” Portman said. “The Polish people maintain their unwavering support for NATO after 23 years of fighting alongside the United States and our allies. This bipartisan delegation will send a clear message that the United States appreciates its support for Ukraine and its offer to provide fighter jets as the Ukrainian people continue to suffer brutal Russian atrocities.
“I am proud to stand alongside my colleagues on both sides of the aisle with our friend and ally Poland,” Klobuchar said. “Poland has been a staunch ally of Ukraine, hosting Ukrainian refugees and providing essential resources during this unprovoked attack. We will meet military and government leaders, American soldiers stationed in Poland, Ukrainian refugees and aid workers. We will make clear our commitment to stand with Ukrainians and Poles against Vladimir Putin.
“As Putin continues his brutal and savage invasion, I travel with a bipartisan group of senators to the Ukrainian border in Poland to see firsthand the heartbreaking and explosive humanitarian crisis – and learn how America can amplify its military aid. to the brave Ukrainian freedom fighters. I will bring a strong message of solidarity and support from the people of Connecticut – especially our Ukrainian-American community – and learn how we can best help. I will meet Polish and U.S. government officials, the brave men and women of the 82nd Airborne Division and relief organizations to call for vastly expanded assistance to Ukraine. The people of Ukraine inspire the world in their bold and courageous fight for freedom. I will continue to press for America to provide more ammunition, Javelin and Stinge missiles r, fighter planes and other lethal aids. The refugees need food, shelter and medical care. I will bring back to Connecticut an eyewitness account of how we can help provide more support,” Blumenthal said.
Wicker spoke to WLOX in February right after Russia invaded Ukraine. You can watch that full interview below.
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