Senator Kirk Condemns Illegitimate Referendum Held in Crimea

WASHINGTON–(ENEWSPF)–March 16, 2014.  U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the below statement following the referendum being held today under Russian military occupation:

“I join the Ukranian-American community in condemning the illegitimate referendum held in Crimea today that clearly violated Ukraine’s sovereignty and international law. Like the 1956 uprising in Hungary and the 1968 Prague Spring, we are witnessing an authoritarian Russia invade its neighbors to crush democracy and freedom. At this critical moment, the West must unite to prevent Putin from moving further into mainland Ukraine by imposing a high cost for his actions, including tough sanctions and international isolation. I stand with the more than 50,000 Ukrainian-American constituents in Illinois in support of a democratic Ukraine as part of Europe whole, free, and at peace.”

Source: kirk.senate.gov