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Statements on Ukraine out of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma

Russia has invaded Ukraine. You can find statements from 4-State Government officials regarding the crisis below.

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Missouri Governor Mike Parson

“Missourians stand with the people of Ukraine and pray for every innocent life put in harm’s way due to this unprovoked and senseless act of Russian aggression. The free world shouldn’t cower to dictators or stand idly by as democracy is threatened.” – @GovParsonMO

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt

“Praying for the people of Ukraine. We must ensure Putin pays a heavy price by imposing all possible sanctions. This crisis underscores the need for the U.S. to be energy independent.” – @GovStitt

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.)

“The heinous invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin warrants a fury of sanctions to be imposed on the Russian regime.

This moment is yet another test for President Biden on the world stage. China and our other adversaries are closely watching our nation’s response. I urge the president to enact severe sanctions to swiftly decimate Putin’s further capabilities.

Now, more than ever, Biden must also embrace energy independence for America.

To the Ukrainian people: I stand with you and pray for your health, safety, and freedom as you defend your homeland from this baseless Russian invasion.”

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.)

“Today, my heart and my prayers are with the proud people of Ukraine. As they are forced to take up arms to defend their homeland from an unprovoked and unconscionable act of war, the rest of the world must stand united in condemnation and rejection of Russia’s aggression.

With this premeditated decision to spill the innocent blood of a peaceful and prosperous nation in an attempt to reshape the world order, the despot of Moscow has reserved his place in history among the worst of humankind. He must—and will—be held accountable to the fullest extent possible for this despicable attempt to oppress an independent nation.

Every generation is tasked with defending freedom from the ever-encroaching threat of tyranny and despotism. This is our moment. Now, more than ever, Americans, our NATO allies, and those who value self-determination must come together with an ironclad commitment to defend the values so many of our countrymen have sacrificed for.

As sure as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, Putin will increase efforts to sow division around the globe and grow his sphere of influence. We must resist the temptations to turn on each other and, instead, turn our ire toward the true threat to our freedoms at home and abroad.

If anyone in the Fifth District has family or friends in the conflict zone or in need of assistance, please reach out to my district offices immediately.”

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)

“Russia’s brutal assault on Ukraine and invasion of its territory must be met with strong American resolve. President Biden must act now to hit Vladimir Putin where it hurts, beginning with Russia’s energy sector. The Biden Administration should sanction Russian energy production to a halt, and help arm the Ukrainians to defend themselves. At the same time, the White House should reopen American energy production in full. This is the time to show Russia and the world that America will not reward aggression and it will not be dependent on its enemies.”

Congressman Billy Long (R-Mo.)

“The intelligence Congress was privy to was stellar,” Congressman Long said. “Unfortunately we knew for months that this invasion was coming, and the Biden Administration did very little to stop it. We should have issued severe sanctions against Russia before this invasion occurred, and not waited until after the fact. President Biden has not shown leadership throughout this situation, and it all started when he weakened our national security by reducing American energy production, which increased our reliance on Russian oil. This, coupled with President Biden’s lifting of Nord Stream 2 sanctions, gave Putin exactly what he wanted: more control over Europe and the United States. President Biden should never have lifted those sanctions and lessened our energy independence. This is exactly why energy independence is important to our national security.”

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)

“Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is an assault against democracy and a destabilizing threat to all of Europe with worldwide ramifications. Our adversaries and allies alike are watching how we respond. We must work with our allied nations to hold Russia accountable. That includes crippling economic sanctions and direct support for Ukraine. A failure to act forcefully will only embolden Russia and other authoritarian nations that seek to undermine peace and democracy around the world.

“For almost eight decades, Western Europe has been a united force with U.S. leadership. It’s important that our newest NATO allies understand our steadfast defensive military commitment to them at this critical moment.”

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS)

Today, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) urged Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to immediately consider a comprehensive and bipartisan sanctions package in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine must be met with severe and unified consequences,” wrote Sen. Moran. “It is essential to demonstrate to the American public and the world that the Senate can work expeditiously and in a bipartisan manner to address matters of global security.”

Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS)

“We must make crystal clear that Russia cannot intimidate or invade our allies and partners without significant consequences.

United as a country and with our allies, we must hold Putin accountable for his unjustified and unacceptable aggression.” – @RepDavids

Rep. Jake LaTurner (R-KS)

“Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked, full-scale invasion of Ukraine is unacceptable and must be met with swift and severe consequences. The United States stands with the innocent people of Ukraine and is committed to holding Putin and his thugs accountable.

So far, the White House’s approach to Russia’s aggression has failed. President Biden must finally prove he can lead on the world stage by punishing Putin through crippling economic sanctions, providing aid to the brave Ukrainians fighting for democracy, and unleashing American energy production to offset Russian imports.

As our adversaries look on, it’s time we restore American strength and power on the international stage.”

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