SEATTLE, WA - Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today released the following statement marking the six-month anniversary of Russia’s unlawful further invasion of Ukraine, as well as Ukraine’s Independence Day. 

“President Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people have inspired the world with their courage and patriotism in the face of Vladimir Putin’s violent, unlawful aggression toward their country, especially in the past six months. I witnessed this resilience firsthand during my visit to Kyiv just last month, and I have been proud to support legislation that aids the Ukrainian people in their brave struggle for independence, sovereignty, and freedom. The Biden-Harris administration, along with U.S. allies and partners around the world, have provided economic, military, and humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people in their time of need while also holding Putin and his accomplices accountable with unprecedented sanctions against the Russian economy and war machine. 

“Every year, communities across the United States and around the world join the Ukrainian people in celebration of Ukraine’s Independence Day - and this year’s celebrations mark an occasion for even greater pride in the Ukrainian people and the country they have built, grown, and defended with bravery against Putin’s aggression. The American people stand with Ukraine, and I hope for the year ahead to further strengthen the deep friendship between our two countries.”