Ukrainian-American representative Victoria Spartz could not hold back tears as she called for action by Joe Biden’s administration to end the war in Ukraine.
Spartz believes the United States can do more to stop the Russian invasion and said she still has family and friends in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian-born lawmaker, who also represents Indiana, warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin has his sights set on more than just taking Kiev.
“They are leveling the cities to the ground, destroying the people. They are slaughtering them like animals. They are killing the people. It is not a war. It’s a genocide because we have a crazy man that believes he has the whole world hostage,” she added while holding her tears.
“So I think we have an obligation and duty to save this world [and] help Ukrainian people to survive.”
The congresswoman recounted that her grandmother is 95 years old and lives in Chernihiv, a city a few hours north of the capital.
“She told my mom … ‘do not cry, we are not crying here just give us some guns’,” Spartz said, holding back tears as she recounted her mother’s conversation with her grandmother.
“Putin won’t stop his invasion in Ukraine,” Spartz added as she criticized the Democratic administration’s lack of action.
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Spartz criticized how Biden has addressed the Russian invasion, “What’s happening under his watch is [an] atrocity. What he do to this country and to the world is unforgivable.” She warned that the blood of Ukrainians will also be on Biden’s hands if he does not act.
“If we don’t stop him there, he is not going to stop,” she said. “He is going to further and then we’ll have to send our children to die to fight this,” she added.
“These people will not surrender, but we need to give them a chance to survive. Otherwise, they have no chance. We’ll have millions of people killed,” she added.
President Joe Biden has repeatedly pledged that he will not deploy American forces to defend Ukraine, but has committed more than $1 billion in security assistance.
Spartz called for the establishment of a humanitarian corridor inside the country, which would be a temporary zone allowing Ukrainians to flee the war and for international aid workers to arrive with assistance. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also called for such a zone to be established.
If Russia were to oppose such a zone, it would put enormous pressure on an already delicate situation. The White House has rejected calls for a no-fly zone and similar military support that would put the United States at risk in an open war between two nuclear powers.
Ukrainian President also asks Biden to “stop the aggressor”
This Tuesday, March 1, Ukrainian President Volodmir Zelensky spoke with his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden, whom he asked to do more to “stop the aggressor.”
“Just had a conversation with @POTUS. The American leadership on anti-Russian sanctions and defense assistance to Ukraine was discussed. We must stop the aggressor as soon as possible. Thank you for your support!”, Zelensky said.