WARSAW, Poland — A bipartisan delegation of U.S. lawmakers visiting Poland said Saturday that the most urgent need in Ukraine’s fight against a Russian invasion is to equip and support the country in any way it needs. help to defend its independence.
The seven-member delegation led by Representative Stephen Lynch, a Democrat from Massachusetts, visited reception centers for Ukrainian refugees in eastern Poland. They noted Poland’s openness to accepting refugees from Ukraine, including in private homes. More than 2 million people fleeing war have come to Poland since February 24, when Russian troops invaded Ukraine.
“We are here to reassure and support the Ukrainian people. We are here to thank the Polish people for the incredible generosity they have shown to refugees,” said Lynch, chairman of the national security subcommittee at the within the Oversight and Reform Commission.
In an online media briefing on Saturday, U.S. lawmakers stressed the need to urgently help Ukraine’s military in its fight against Russian forces. They said there was no room for peace talks as long as there was a “hot war”.
“The most urgent action we can take is to ensure that the Ukrainian fighters – these valiant patriots who are fighting for their freedom – have all the equipment, all the supplies, all the support that we can possibly give them. bring.” Lynch said.
Responding to a question about a possible peace mission in Ukraine, he said “there will be time for discussion, I hope there will be time for diplomacy, but right now I think the Ukrainian army very heroically opposes a much larger enemy group.”
US President Joe Biden will take part in an extraordinary NATO summit on Thursday in Brussels devoted to the war in Ukraine and European security.
As long as Russian President Vladimir Putin continues aggression, “there is only one way to respond to this and that is military force,” Lynch said.
Rep. Mark Green, a Republican from Tennessee who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, had a message for Putin.
“You united NATO, you united the EU and you united the US Congress. We oppose your tyranny, you are a war criminal,” Green said. “Withdraw your troops from Ukraine!”
Other members of the delegation included Democratic Representatives Lori Trahan of Massachusetts and Chellie Pingree of Maine and Republican Representatives Jake LaTurner of Kansas, Pat Fallon of Texas and Nancy Mace of South Carolina.
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