‘Sheer brutality’ seen in Ukraine, reports Rep. Crow after trip to Eastern Europe

After a trip to Eastern Europe with other members of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Jason Crow reiterated the importance of US assistance to Ukraine during the ongoing Russian invasion.

“Our trip highlighted several things,” he told reporters on Monday afternoon. “The first was the brutality of Vladimir Putin’s unwarranted and illegal invasion of Ukraine – the thousands and thousands of people who are being brutally murdered by the Russian military and by Vladimir Putin’s forces, as well as the displacement and sheer volume of the refugee crisis,” Crow said. .

The Democrat, who represents Colorado’s 6th congressional district, recently returned from a trip to Poland, Slovakia and Romania.

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The United Nations estimates that nearly 5 million people have fled Ukraine since the invasion began on February 24, many of whom have headed for neighboring Poland.

“The refugee crisis is huge,” Crow said. “The brutality of this war is astonishing.”

Crow said that as the White House creates a pathway for up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees to enter the country, Colorado will take its part “as we always do.”

“We will once again strive to lead, opening our hearts, minds and wallets as needed to help Ukrainians as they flee the violence and, some of them, as they come to Colorado,” did he declare.

Some Ukrainians with family ties have already come to Colorado to escape the violence.

Regarding monetary assistance to Ukraine, Crow said sustained funding will be needed, along with other additional aid to meet immediate needs. Last week, President Joe Biden authorized an $800 million military aid package that brought total support for Ukraine since Feb. 24 to $2.6 billion.

“What’s really clear is that this is going to be a long-term conflict. It won’t be weeks. I don’t think it’s going to take even months. I think we are looking at a longer-term conflict that will require a consistent type of built-in funding over time,” he said.

“We need to make sure that we…stand up to meet the needs of our Ukrainian brothers and sisters and our Ukrainian partners and help them win, because it’s not just about Ukrainian survival. It’s about democracy versus autocracy.

Mary I. Bruner