Durbin, Senate Ukraine Caucus Meet with Prime Minister Yatsenyuk to Discuss Russian Aggression, Increased Military Aid to Ukraine

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and the bipartisan Senate Ukraine Caucus met today with Ukrainian Prime Minister Anseniy Yatsenyuk to discuss increased military aid to Ukraine in the face of continued Russian aggression. Durbin is co-chairman of the Senate Ukraine Caucus with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Ron Johnson (R-WI) also attended today’s meeting.


“Ukraine is at a critical moment in its history. As Russia continues its unprecedented aggression in the region, the United States should to be doing more to ensure Ukraine can defend its borders,” Durbin said. “At today’s meeting, Prime Minister Yatsenyuk made it clear that increased military aid, defensive weapons, and economic support will help Ukraine in its struggle for freedom and sovereignty. The United States must act swiftly to provide this assistance and the Senate Ukraine Caucus stands ready to help.”


Durbin recently traveled to Ukraine to meet with senior government officials and visit the Yavoriv training area, where 300 United States Army personnel are training Ukrainian National Guard personnel. Watch Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor discussing the trip HERE. You can download that video HERE.