CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, the House will consider H.Res. 499, a resolution Condemning the Violation of Ukrainian Sovereignty, Independence, and Territorial Integrity by Military Forces of the Russian Federation, as amended, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on March 5, 2014 by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by voice vote.
The “resolved” clause of H.Res. 499 establishes that the House of Representatives: 1) condemns the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity by military forces of the Russian Federation; 2) deems Russian military intervention in violation of its obligations under the UN Charter, the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, and poses a threat to international peace and security; 3) calls on the Russian Federation to remove all of its military forces from the Crimean Peninsula; 4) declares that the Ukrainian people have a right to determine their future free from outside interference; 5) commends the Ukrainian government for its continued restraint; 6) calls on the Ukrainian Government to continue to protect the rights of all minorities within Ukraine 7) calls on all Ukrainians to respect the legitimate government authorities in all parts of Ukraine; 8) calls for the deployment of independent monitors from the OSCE in Crimea; 9) calls upon the President and the leaders of other countries to not attend the G8 summit in Sochi, Russia, and to consider expelling Russia from the group; 10) calls on the Administration to work with European allies to impose sanctions on senior Russian Federation officials, state-owned enterprises, and state agencies; 11) states that the U.S., in conjunction with Europe and others, should provide the Ukrainian government with financial, economic, and technical assistance; 12) calls on the U.S. and other European allies to provide assistance to ensure that new elections are free and fair; 13) calls on the U.S. and its allies to develop a long-term strategy to support economic development in Ukraine; 14) supports efforts by assisting Ukraine in achieving energy independence; and 15) affirms the right of all countries in the region to exercise their sovereign rights within their internationally recognized borders free from outside intervention and to conduct foreign policy in accordance with their determination of the best interests of their people.
On November 21, 2013, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych suspended negotiations on the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement, one week before it was due to be signed at the EU’s Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania. The Ukrainian government had come under intense pressure from Russia to not sign the agreement, including temporarily tightening customs rules in order to force the Ukrainian government to capitulate to Russian demands. Consequently, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians began peacefully protesting in Kyiv and numerous other cities throughout the country. These protestors expressed their support for democracy, the rule of law, government accountability, and closer ties with the European Union.
On February 22, 2014 former President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev as a result of the antigovernment protests which had turned violent, killing over 100 people. Yanukovych was impeached as President of Ukraine on February 22ndand the opposition took control of the Parliament. On February 27, 2014, after Yanukovych’s departure, ethnic Russian nationalists seized control of the Crimean parliament building. In addition, Russian military forces have entered into the Crimea peninsula, occupying the entire region including the important port city of Sevastopol. Russia does not recognize the new Ukrainian government, and continues its occupation of Crimea at present.
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