Rep. Jamaal Bowman Issues Statement Following Russian Invasion of Ukraine
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Jamaal Bowman, Ed.D. (NY-16) issued the following statement after Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine.
“We unequivocally stand with the global Ukrainian community, and stand with the Ukrainian government and its peoples. My heart is with them and the world during this unjust, terrifying and painful moment. The unprovoked attack on Ukraine is an indefensible invasion and a violation of international law. I vigorously condemn Russian imperialism and facsim. I am committed to supporting the Biden administration in holding Putin and his oligarchs accountable and in caring for the inevitable refugees who will need the international community to open its doors. Prior to the most recent escalations, Putin’s unchecked imperialism in the Donbas region has resulted in more than 14,000 deaths and forced more than 1.5 million to flee their homes,” said Congressman Jamaal Bowman, Ed.D. (NY-16).
“I support NATO and will continue to do so during this crisis. The decision to involve the U.S. military in war is the constitutional responsibility of Congress, which is why I recently joined more than 40 of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in reaffirming Congressional War Powers. I applaud President Biden for his commitment not to involve our troops in direct conflict, and urge the international community to avoid further conflict. Our full attention must be to de-escalate, withdraw troops, create a ceasefire and to protect the Ukrainian people from further harm so they may remain safely in their homes and communities. While it is clear Putin is intent on rejecting diplomacy, I urge the Biden administration and the international community to do all it can to create conditions that may require Russia to engage in diplomacy that would result in an immediate ceasefire, at minimum.”