Press Release ● Foreign Affairs
For Immediate Release: 
August 22, 2014
Contact Info: 

Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after a convoy of Russian military vehicles entered Ukraine, violating Ukraine's sovereignty:

“Today’s incursion by Russian military vehicles into the territory of Ukraine represents a gross violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and a dangerous escalation by Russia of the tense situation along the border.  Russia’s continued support for violent separatists in eastern Ukraine and its occupation of Crimea stand in sharp violation of international law, and the Russian economy is already experiencing the weight of sanctions as a result of President Putin’s aggression against the people of Ukraine.  It is imperative that Russia abide by an earlier agreement that any vehicles purporting to carry humanitarian aid proceed only under the supervision of the International Committee of the Red Cross and with the permission of the Ukrainian government.  I will continue to monitor developments in Ukraine closely as the President and Congress consider additional consequences for Russia’s aggressive actions.”