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PA-8: Fitzpatrick Calls for Release of Ukrainian Lawmaker (VIDEO)

Congressman Fitzpatrick spoke on the House floor this week about the ongoing struggle in Ukraine.

Parts of the Eastern European nation have been occupied by Russia for over a year. During that invasion, Nadiya Savchenko, a military officer and member of the Ukrainian Parliament was captured by Russian forces.

Rep. Fitzpatrick, who is a member of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus, is a co-sponsor to a resolution calling for her to be freed.

The Congressman spoke about Savchenko and the resolution on Tuesday.

The text of his remarks are included below:

“Madam Speaker, since July of last year Nadiya Savchenko – a member of the Ukrainian Parliament and military veteran – has been unlawfully detained by Russian authorities.

Her crime? Unsubstantiated charges stemming from her defense of her nation against Russian military aggression.

For months, Ms. Savchenko has been incarcerated in Russia in clear violation of her human rights and international standards.

As Russia tries to redraw the world’s borders, Ms. Savchenko has become the face of both Russian lawlessness and Ukrainian resistance.

This evening, I join with the free people of Ukraine in demanding Russia ‘Free Savchenko.’ and call on this body – and this administration – to utilize all legislative and diplomatic means to secure her long-overdue release. That is why I’ve joined with other lawmakers in introducing House Resolution 50 which calls for an end to this injustice and reaffirms the United States’ commitment to a democratic Ukraine, free from Russian interference.

Together, we must ‘Free Savchenko’ and push back against Russia’s continued threat to freedom.”

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