Rep. Stewart’s statement on Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) released the following statement regarding Russia’s renewed invasion of Ukraine.

“The mistake the West has made for more than a decade is to think an autocratic bully can be a reasonable geopolitical partner. Putin doesn’t want to be part of the current international order. He wants to blow it up. China, Iran and North Korea are watching with similarly malevolent intentions. They must see us respond firmly to Russia’s reprehensible aggression.

“The world is now witnessing the true evil that is Vladimir Putin. And as we witness this evil, the U.S. and our allies must stand resolute with the Ukrainian people and resolve to provide them with support to defend against this unprovoked, unforgivable attack.

“The U.S. and allies should impose the strongest possible sanctions and export controls to cripple Russia’s ability to make war. The U.S. should also be sending small arms, explosives and communication equipment to help ensure a well-armed, well-organized Ukrainian insurgency. Putin’s barbarity must be punished swiftly and severely.”