Portman and Shaheen take part in a discussion hosted by Dartmouth on Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine

June 17, 2022

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HANNOVER, NH – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Co-Chair of the Ukrainian Senate Caucus, member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and Dartmouth College alumnus, and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) official, chair of the SFRC’s Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation and a member of Ukraine’s bipartisan caucus, participated in a discussion hosted by Dartmouth on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The event, titled “Defending Ukraine: A Conversation with Senators Rob Portman and Jeanne Shaheenwas moderated by Professor Jason Barabas, who is director of the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College, and moderated by Victoria Holt, director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

“I was honored to be back at my alma mater today and thank Dartmouth for hosting Senator Shaheen and I as we discussed President Putin’s wanton invasion of Ukraine. Throughout my tenure in the Senate, I have made it a priority to work across the aisle and find common ground with my colleagues from both parties, because I believe that is the best way to get things done for the American people. The Ukraine issue is just one more example where there is broad bipartisan support in the Senate and House to back the Ukrainian people in their fight for freedom from a brutal regime that wants to take control of their country. The United States must continue to stand on the side of freedom over tyranny and democracy and self-determination over authoritarianism and conquest,” said Portman.

“I appreciated that Dartmouth hosted Senator Portman and myself for a discussion today on the full-scale consequences of Putin’s bloody new invasion of Ukraine. Senator Portman has been a staunch partner of mine in the Senate, and together we harnessed the bipartisan momentum to fight Russian aggression and help Ukraine in its fight for survival. Ukrainians have shown remarkable resolve in the face of the brutal atrocities committed by Russian forces, and they deserve all available support to defend their people and their land,” said Shaheen. “This war in Ukraine is not just about Ukraine. It’s about the United States, Europe, and the survival of democracies around the world. We must face this pivotal moment in history with unwavering determination and ensure that democracy and independence prevail over authoritarianism.

Portman and Shaheen led bipartisan action in the Senate in favor of Ukraine in response to Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, which threatens the stability and security of Eastern Europe and NATO allies. In January, Portman and Shaheen led a bipartisan delegation to Ukraine, where they met with President Zelenskyy and members of his administration to discuss support efforts ahead of Russia’s unprovoked invasion. In February, Portman and Shaheen successfully conducted a bipartisan resolution reaffirming its support for Ukraine in a context of increased Russian aggression.

You can watch the entire discussion here.

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