Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer referred to as for American unity on Tuesday in his first-floor speech since Russia invaded Ukraine, and condemned the “brutality and sheer of evil” of President Vladimir Putin’s bloody conflict on its democratic neighbor.
“Divisions inside america or amongst our allies will solely strengthen Vladimir Putin, and strengthen his resolve,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned as Russia escalated its assaults regardless of international condemnation and unprecedented Western sanctions. “We have to be united on this second.”
Schumer is working to meet a White Home request for $6.4 billion in emergency help to Ukraine, a nation of 44 million folks that has staged a resolute protection towards Russian aggression. Schumer expects bipartisan assist, stated his spokesman, Angelo Roefaro.
However in his enchantment within the Senate, Schumer sought to shore up cross-aisle assist for Ukraine, invoking the bipartisan response that adopted the Sept. 11 assaults twenty years in the past.
“Individuals banded collectively, Democrat and Republican, to defend our nation and our democracy,” Schumer stated. “At present, as democracy faces its biggest disaster in Europe because the finish of the Chilly Battle, we should likewise band collectively in assist of our pals in Ukraine.”
He urged Republicans in addition to Democrats to work with Senate management and the Biden administration to “keep unified with a powerful help bundle.”
And he praised President Biden, whose predictions final month concerning the Russian assault of Ukraine proved prescient, and who labored carefully with America’s European allies to line up sanctions of Russia.
“Our unity has exactly been our biggest asset in resisting Putin’s aggression — from unity amongst the American individuals, in solidarity with Ukraine, to America’s unity with our European allies,” Schumer stated.
Schumer made his enchantment because the Russian invasion, which is seemingly a number of days delayed, took a fair darker tenor on its sixth day.
The principle sq. of Kharkiv, a Ukrainian metropolis of greater than 1 million individuals, was decimated by a lethal missile strike on Tuesday morning. And in Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, Russian strikes broken a 1,263-foot-tall TV tower and a Holocaust memorial, in line with authorities.
“Russian forces are evidently beginning to interact in siege ways,” Schumer stated. “Civilian casualties, tragically, are mounting.”