Washington, DC – Foreign Policy for America today released the following statement on the anniversary of Russia’s illegal and unjust war in Ukraine:
“As we mark one year since Vladimir Putin began his full-scale assault on Ukraine, Foreign Policy for America acknowledges the ongoing suffering of the Ukrainian people, the tens of thousands of lives lost, and the millions of refugees this war has produced. Earlier this week, during his historic visit to Ukraine, President Biden articulated clearly the stakes for Ukraine and the full and complete responsibility Russia bears for its senseless actions: ‘If Russia stopped invading Ukraine, it would end the war. If Ukraine stopped defending itself against Russia, it would be the end of Ukraine.’
“Yet the threat this war poses is not just to Ukraine, but to the foundation of an international order rooted in freedom and recognition of basic human rights. Our continued material, diplomatic and humanitarian support for Ukraine is essential not just for the country’s efforts to stave off annihilation, but as a powerful demonstration—to both our allies and adversaries—of the depth of America’s enduring commitment to our partners and to the democratic values that unite us.
“Today, Foreign Policy for America also celebrates the strength, courage, and resolve of the Ukrainian people in their inspiring fight for freedom. Through diplomacy and principled leadership, the U.S. has assembled a global coalition to deliver historic support and aid to this cause. We commend the Biden-Harris Administration for its coordinated efforts to hold Russia accountable for its aggression through multilateral sanctions and through decisive votes at the U.N. As the war enters its second year, Foreign Policy for America will continue to engage the Administration, Congress, and our partners as they seek to bring about a swift end to Russia’s invasion and secure a just peace.”