Donnelly talks Ukraine and Russia

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly walked through town visiting memorials on  Instytutska Street in Ukraine. The senator's three day trip including meeting with Ukrainian leaders and citizens. (Photo Provided/Sen. Donnelly)
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly walked through town visiting memorials on Instytutska Street in Ukraine. The senator's three day trip including meeting with Ukrainian leaders and citizens. (Photo Provided/Sen. Donnelly)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly has returned from a bipartisan trip, which included a stop in Ukraine. He said in regards to Russia, the United States will not put troops on the ground in response.

Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly visited Ukraine as part of a bi-partisan congressional delegation. Donnelly said he is concerned about Russian troops massing on Ukraine’s eastern border, but added there will not be U.S. “boots on the ground” if Russia invades.

The senator said Ukraine’s prime minister assured the U.S. delegation that Russia would have a fight on its hands if it did invade.

“There will be a fight. There will be Russian men and women that will not be going home to their families, and he can’t explain to them — their families — as to why their loved one never came home, because he decided to invade another country,” Donnelly said.

The trip also included visits to Israel and Afghanistan. Donnelly spent about a day-and-a-half in Ukraine meeting with government leaders and citizens.

“What they have asked us for is to try to ratchet up pressure on Russia,” said Donnelly. “To try to make sure that we are able to provide other military aid besides non-lethal aid, which is communication systems and other things.”

In addition, President Obama is discussing the crisis in Ukraine with European leaders as part of a trip overseas. He is attending a nuclear security summit in the Netherlands. But when it comes to Russia, G-7 leaders have agreed to suspend their participation in the G-8 until Russian President Vladimir Putin changes course.

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