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Sen. Inhofe's Bill Provides Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

By    |   Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 09:33 PM

Sen. Jim Inhofe introduced legislation Wednesday to authorize President Barack Obama to supply Ukraine with lethal military weapons in its battle against pro-Russian separatists backed by President Vladimir Putin.

The bill, co-sponsored by 16 GOP senators, also requires Obama to present Congress with a comprehensive strategy for getting the weapons to Ukraine with regular updates on the effort.

Inhofe is a ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"President Vladimir Putin and his Russian government continue to deny sending weapons and Russian forces to assist these rebels despite irrefutable evidence to the contrary," Inhofe said in presenting the legislation on the Senate floor. "This aggression by the rebel separatists and the Russian Federation undermines peace and stability not only in Ukraine, but also in all of Europe, which constitutes a direct threat to United States security interests."

Inhofe's proposal came as French President François Hollande, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko met with Putin in Minsk. The three leaders sought to obtain a ceasefire with Putin to end the conflict, which began last April and has killed more than 5,000 people.

In addition, more than 10,300 people have been injured and 900,000 displaced as a result of the fighting and indiscriminate shelling by the rebels.

Inhofe noted that Poroshenko urged Congress to provide the lethal weapons when he spoke to legislators in September.

"Unfortunately, President Putin continues to directly support pro-Russian separatists with troops and weapons in the Ukraine leading to continued instability and the death of innocent Ukrainians," the senator said.

"I am disappointed in Europe’s reluctance to provide the support the Ukrainian government has requested and desperately needs — this includes the lethal weapons required to take back and secure its borders.

"We must stand strong next to Ukraine and President Poroshenko," Inhofe said.

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