November 16, 2022
WASHINGTON, DC – This evening, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) spoke on the Senate floor as Russia continues its unprovoked and illegal war on Ukraine for the 25th consecutive week while the Senate has been in session. Senator Portman discussed his recent bipartisan trip to Ukraine with Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) where they saw the damage Russian bombardments had done to Ukraine’s critical infrastructure and talked about the Russian retreat from the city of Kherson, which is critical for Ukraine to win this war Senator Portman also noted the explosions that occurred in Poland that killed two people, and urged caution and a thorough investigation to find answers. However, Portman called for a united, forceful, and equitable response should these attacks be Russian aggression against a NATO ally.
A co-founder of the bipartisan Senate Ukraine Caucus and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Portman has now been to Ukraine 10 ten times, beginning in 2014 when Russia first invaded Ukraine. Since then, Senator Portman has met with various Ukrainian officials, and sought to work with Ukraine Prosecutor General, Andriy Kostin, to ensure that Russia is held accountable for their war crimes. In Congress, Senator Portman has long been a vocal supporter of Ukraine’s fight for freedom over tyranny, and will continue to ensure the United States supports her allies abroad.
A transcript of his remarks can be found below and a video can be found here.