Jan 20 2023

Graham, Senators Visit Ukraine

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) is in Kyiv, Ukraine today along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island).  The senators met with United States and Ukraine government officials including Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Graham made these statements at a press availability in front of St. Michael’s Square.

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“All three of us, one Republican and two Democrats, share the same goal - for Ukraine to drive the Russians out of Ukraine. 

“To achieve that goal, the Ukrainian military needs tanks.  I am tired of the s*** show surrounding who is going to send tanks and when are they going to send them.  Putin is trying to rewrite the map of Europe by force of arms.  World order is at stake.

“To the Germans: Send tanks to Ukraine because they need them.  It is in your own national interest that Putin loses in Ukraine.  To the Biden Administration: Send American tanks so that others will follow our lead.”

Graham noted the senators will continue working in Washington to assist Ukraine.  Among the areas of assistance: 

  • Designating the Wagner Group a foreign terrorist organization under U.S. law.
  • Designating Russia a state sponsor of terrorism under U.S. law.
  • Assisting the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the ability to bring war crimes charges against Russians who have committed war crimes. 
  • Continuing military and economic aid with the goal of driving the Russian invaders out of Ukraine.