Sense of the House passed in support of Ukraine

The Alaska House of Representatives passed a Sense of the House sponsored by Rep. David Nelson condemning Russia’s recent acts of war and supporting Ukraine.
Published: Mar. 2, 2022 at 6:06 PM AKST
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JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - The Alaska House of Representatives passed a Sense of the House sponsored by Rep. David Nelson condemning Russia’s recent acts of war and supporting Ukraine.

The Sense of the House referred to Russia’s invasion on Feb. 24 as “unlawful” and noted the recent turn of the U.S. as a net energy importer over the last two years, rather than an exporter as the country was during 2019 and 2020.

In large part, many of the counter-attacks against Russia have been on the Russian economy. According to the Associated Press, dozens of foreign and international companies have taken their business away from Russia, and exports out of the country have been stopped as well. Russian banks have been taken off of the SWIFT international payment system, and Russian citizens have had difficulty withdrawing money from ATMs.

“It is the Sense of the House that the Alaska House of Representatives acknowledges the right of Ukraine to exist as an independent nation, and condemns the unprovoked, unlawful, and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation in the strongest possible terms,” the document read.

The Associated Press reported that over 1 million Ukrainian residents have fled the country after Russian forces began the invasion six days ago. Reports from Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russian forces had taken Kherson were disputed by a senior U.S. defense official. Russia reported that 500 of its troops had been killed and nearly 1,600 had been injured. Ukraine reported 2,000 civilian deaths to the Associated Press. Additionally, the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor started an investigation into possible war crimes committed in Ukraine stretching as far back as 2013, but also covering current events during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Sense passed 34-1 with only Rep. David Eastman voting in opposition. Reps. Bryce Edgmon, Josiah Patkotak and Sarah Vance were excused while Reps. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Tiffany Zulkosky were shown as absent from the vote.

The Sense called on President Joe Biden and the U.S. government to resume supplying Ukraine with military aid — including lethal aid — in order to combat Russian forces, as well as supporting Ukrainian membership in the European Union and “promoting global energy independence from the Russian Federation, and domestic energy independence through the encouragement of domestic energy production of all types.”

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