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'Wisconsin stands with you': State legislators write open letter to the people of Ukraine

Posted at 8:30 PM, Mar 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-04 21:30:22-05

Wisconsin legislators wrote an open letter to the people of Ukraine, showing their solidarity on Friday.

"Wisconsin stands with you as you face one of the most unnecessary and shameful acts of military aggression in modern history," the letter begins.

The letter was signed by 20 state representatives and five senators.

You can read the full letter below:

"To the heroic people of Ukraine,

Wisconsin stands with you as you face one of the most unnecessary and shameful acts of military aggression in modern history. Without provocation, Vladimir Putin has chosen to engage in a premeditated war based on revisionist grievances and his own twisted quest for power at all costs. Today, we see those costs plainly - thousands of lives have already been lost, hundreds of thousands of civilians have been displaced from their homes, and the shadow of war is cast over every corner of Ukraine. Unfortunately, we know that President Putin is ready and willing to escalate this war, no matter how many Ukrainian or Russian lives will be lost.

Ukraine has been proudly and fiercely independent since 1991. For over thirty years, the Ukrainian people have worked hard to develop their sovereign nation and have fought to address corruption with the hope of pursuing a life of freedom and peace.

Eight years ago, Ukrainians came together to chart a new path forward - a path of democracy, free from President Putin’s machinations and Russian meddling. Instead of accepting that reality, Putin and his allies responded by illegally annexing Crimea and provoking war in the Donbas. When President Putin provided his muddled and fabricated rationale late last month for expanding the war and invading Ukraine, it became even clearer that he was unwilling to consider either reason or facts. People of Ukraine, people of Wisconsin, and people of the world know: this war is Vladimir Putin’s, and Putin’s alone.

We know that the people of Ukraine want only to live in peace, and we are horrified at President Putin’s decision to break that peace with this unprovoked and illegal invasion. Ukrainian cities and lives are being destroyed, from Kyiv to Zaporizhzhia, from churches to schools, and the world is watching. We condemn these actions in no uncertain terms, and unequivocally denounce any further military actions carried out by Russia in Ukraine. We call on the international community to continue to sanction and isolate Putin and his regime and to continue providing much-needed aid and support to the people of Ukraine. This war must end, and Russia must lay down arms and leave Ukraine’s borders immediately. We will accept nothing less than an unconditional ceasefire and a complete end to the Russian occupation of Ukraine.

To the people of Ukraine and to Ukrainians around the world, you have the right to protect your land, your history, your culture. And we have a moral obligation to support and affirm your right to live freely. We recognize that this is an especially heart-wrenching time for those in our own Ukrainian-American communities, seeing the country of their birth or heritage torn apart and their family members and friends under the unimaginable threat of violence and dislocation. You are not alone. We are united against aggression and war, and we stand ready to listen and to speak out against these horrors during this difficult time, and for years to come.

Слава Україні! Героям слава!

In Solidarity,

Jonathan Brostoff
State Representative
19th Assembly District

Kristina Shelton
State Representative
90th Assembly District

Christine Sinicki
State Representative
20th Assembly District

Mark Spreitzer
State Representative
45th Assembly District

Dora Drake
State Representative
11th Assembly District

Gary Hebl
State Representative
46th Assembly District

Francesca Hong
State Representative
76th Assembly District

Lee Snodgrass
State Representative
57th Assembly District

Jill Billings
State Representative
95th Assembly District

Evan Goyke
State Representative
18th Assembly District

Dave Considine
State Representative
81st Assembly District

Jimmy Anderson
State Representative
47th Assembly District

Sue Conley
State Representative
44th Assembly District

Dianne Hesselbein
State Representative
79th Assembly District

David Bowen
State Representative
10th Assembly District

Jodi Emerson
State Representative
91st Assembly District

Robyn Vining
State Representative
14th Assembly District

Sylvia Ortiz-Velez
State Representative
8th Assembly District

Deb Andraca
State Representative
23rd Assembly District

Samba Baldeh
State Representative
48th Assembly District

Kelda Roys
State Senator
26th Senate District

André Jacque
State Senator
1st Senate District

LaTonya Johnson
State Senator
6th Senate District

Melissa Agard
State Senator
16th Senate District

Chris Larson
State Senator
7th Senate District"

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