May 17, 2023

Duckworth Reaffirms Commitment to Ukraine in Meeting with Members of Ukraine’s Parliament


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), member of both the U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees, today met with members of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Ukraine’s Parliament. Duckworth met with Halyna Vasylchenko, Alona Shkrum, Oleksii Movchan, Anna Purtova and Artem Dubnov to discuss the United States’ continued commitment to helping Ukraine and its people against Vladimir Putin’s war of choice in Ukraine. Photos from today’s meeting are available here and b-roll is available here.

“Our country and the world remain in awe of the bravery of the Ukrainian people who are so effectively defending their homeland and their freedom and are continuing to repel Putin’s forces,” Duckworth said. “It was an honor to meet with Members of Ukraine’s Parliament today to hear firsthand how we can continue to support Ukraine. The human suffering caused by Putin’s unjustified and unjustifiable attack on Ukraine’s sovereign territory demands our continued attention.”

Duckworth has been a strong supporter of Ukraine against Russia’s invasion. She joined U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Warner (D-VA), Jon Tester (D-MT) and six of her colleagues in introducing the Digital Asset Sanctions Compliance Enhancement Act to ensure that Vladimir Putin and Russian elites can’t use digital assets to undermine the international community’s economic sanctions against Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.

Duckworth also urged the Biden Administration to accelerate the sale of M1A2 SEPv3 tanks to Poland. The letter also asked the Biden Administration to engage with additional NATO allies to determine if the Russian Federation’s brutal act of war requires the U.S to develop and execute any additional sales to strengthen the military capabilities of other NATO members. She also called on the Biden Administration to grant Temporary Protected Status to Ukrainians in the U.S. following the Russian military invasion.