Washington D.C. – Rep. Eliot L. Engel, the senior Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, hailed today’s overwhelming passage by the House, 402-7, of H.Res. 499, which condemns the recent violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by Russia.

“I applaud the House’s passage of H. Res. 499, a bipartisan resolution introduced by Chairman Royce and myself, condemning Russia’s violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“President Putin has violated international law and his country’s commitments to Ukraine, and his act of aggression risks inciting further violence and armed conflict between peoples and families. This resolution puts President Putin on notice that his reckless actions will have consequences. It calls on the Administration to work with our allies to impose sanctions on Russia and makes clear our continued support for meaningful assistance to Ukraine and its interim government. The people of Ukraine have the right to determine their own future, free of pressure and threats, and they should know that the United States stands with them during these trying and difficult times.”