The House voted overwhelmingly 426 to 3 to approve a resolution declaring its support for Ukraine as the country continues to push back a week-long Russian invasion.
Three Republican members, Rep. Tom Massie of Kentucky, Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Rep. Matt Rosendale of Montana, voted against the resolution.
The resolution, co-sponsored by Ukrainian-born Representative Victoria Spartz of Indiana, “demands an immediate ceasefire and the complete withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukrainian territory” and “supports, unequivocally, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”, and urged to send security aid to help Ukraine fight the Russians.
The United States has provided more than $1 billion in comprehensive security assistance to Ukraine over the past year, including an additional $350 million in assistance authorized last week after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a February 2 statement. 26.
The 17-point resolution also affirms the United States’ “ironclad commitment” to Article 5 of the NATO charter, which states that an attack on one NATO country is an attack on all. , with a mutual commitment to defend all other NATO countries, and warns Russian President Vladimir Putin that “he will never recognize or support an illegitimate Russian-controlled leader or government installed by the use of force “.
The House decision follows a similar approach taken by the Senate in mid-February, when it unanimously approved a symbolic resolution condemning Russia for its aggressive actions toward Ukraine. This resolution was approved by a voice vote after the Senate failed to come up with a binding set of sanctions against Russia and its interests.
Biden administration officials have said they will continue to provide aid to Ukraine, and some lawmakers have called for additional humanitarian, lethal and non-lethal aid to be sent as part of the ongoing invasion of the country by Russia.