Durbin To Putin: Your Legacy Will Be One Of Shame And Infamy

In speech on Senate floor, Durbin discusses meeting with Ukrainian Ambassador, honors her resolve during relentless unprovoked attack on her country

WASHINGTON  U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Co-Chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, took to the Senate floor today to once again renounce Russia’s relentless unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine and recognize Ukrainian Ambassador Oksana Markarova who met with the Ukraine Caucus yesterday.


“Why is Putin doing this? Because of his own petty grievances and warped nostalgia for the dark days of the Soviet Union and taking control. In his twisted mind, an entire innocent nation of 44 million Ukrainians must be attacked and occupied at any cost… He cannot bear to have a free and independent nation on his border because it shows to the people living in Russia the stark contrast of democracy versus despotic rule,” Durbin said.


Durbin went on to speak about the atrocities of the war and honored the resilience of Ukrainians.


“What was also remarkable about the meeting yesterday with Ambassador Markarova was the determination and courage she and her fellow Ukrainians are showing against Putin. She explained to us that Ukrainians are peaceful people, but they’ll fight. They’ll participate in negotiations, but they won’t surrender. And they’ll fight until the Russians leave. Quite simply, the Ukrainians might be outmatched by the Russian military, but they will not be defeated by it,” Durbin continued. 


“The world is on Ukraine’s side – rallies of support in all corners of the globe, Japan, Sweden, Finland, Chicago, even cities across Russia. Countries, like ours are providing urgently needed weapons to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian aggression. Poland and other Ukrainian neighbors are helping with hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing in panic and disbelief…We must continue and increase all the help we can send, military and humanitarian,” Durbin concluded. 


Video of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here.


Audio of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here.


Footage of Durbin’s remarks on the Senate floor is available here for TV Stations.