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Colorado leaders react to Russian attack on Ukraine

Published: Feb. 24, 2022 at 5:55 AM MST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2022 at 11:30 AM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Colorado leaders are reacting to the Russian attack on Ukraine.

Gov. Jared Polis:

“Ruthless dictator Vladimir Putin’s Russian military aggression in Ukraine violates the freedoms we uphold in our nation and support around the globe. Colorado stands on the side of freedom. War, violence, and chaos threaten the very foundations of the global economy and our national security. I assure Ukrainians that they have the support and prayers of our state. So too we must take action to prevent severe economic fallout and further cost increases for hardworking Coloradans. I join leaders of our federal delegation in urging Congress to immediately suspend the federal gas tax and double down on a rapid clean energy transition to ensure that our energy future cannot be tied to geopolitical conflicts and global commodities.”

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet:

“Putin’s corrupt and self-serving distortion of history and disregard for international law has upended the post WWII order. His violent path will result in grave consequences not only for the Ukrainian people but for the Russian people as well.

The United States, coordinating with our allies and partners, must punish Putin immediately for his unprovoked aggression. We should impose the full weight of economic sanctions right now, explore options to bolster the Ukrainian resistance, and stand resolute in our support of democracy and the rule of law.”

Senator John Hickenlooper:

Rep. Doug Lamborn:

“Weakness invites aggression. Vladimir Putin has invaded Ukraine, with all the bloodshed, destruction, and instability that brings, as a direct result of Joe Biden’s weakness. In just 13 short months, Biden made a disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, failed to fully sanction the Nord Stream II Pipeline, and begged the Russians and others to increase oil production after shutting down the Keystone XL Pipeline. Although the blood of innocent Ukrainians is on Putin’s hands, it is Joe Biden’s failures that set the stage. Weakness invites aggression.”

Rep. Jason Crow:

“An unprecedented era of relative peace and stability in Europe has come to an end. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is not just a violation of international law but a tyrannical, unprovoked act of aggression against a sovereign democratic nation.

Putin’s recklessness will cause terrible death and suffering for both the Ukrainian and Russian people. His goal is clear: redraw borders by force to reestablish the Soviet era block and undermine democracy in Europe and throughout the world.

The U.S. and international response should be swift and crippling. We must: 1.impose comprehensive sanctions to shut Russia off from the international financial system; 2.condemn and marginalize Russian officials; 3.establish long-term support for Ukrainian armed resistance and civil society mobilization; 4.prepare to meet and care for the flow of refugees from Ukraine; and 5.conduct a realignment of NATO military posture in Europe.

It’s time for the free world to unite against this tyranny. We must never stop defending democracy at home or abroad.”

Rep. Lauren Boebert:

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