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Daines, Tester, and Rosendale condemn Russia’s ‘outrageous’ invasion of Ukraine

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Posted at 11:15 AM, Feb 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-24 19:49:01-05

MISSOULA — Montana's U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines on Thursday condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, calling it an outrageous attack on a sovereign nation’s independence.

According to European-based media outlets, Russia launched its full-scale attack in the early morning hours, bringing war back to Europe. The invasion threatens to upset the current world order, international experts said Thursday.

“I’m praying for the people of Ukraine and condemn Putin’s outrageous attack on their sovereignty and independence,” Daines said in a statement. “Putin is a thug and he has been empowered and emboldened by Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and his approval of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline while killing America’s Keystone XL pipeline.”

“I’m praying for the people of Ukraine and condemn Putin’s outrageous attack on their sovereignty and independence. Putin is a thug, and he has been empowered and emboldened by Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and his approval of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline while killing America’s Keystone XL pipeline. The skyrocketing price of oil and resulting inflation are stark reminders of the importance of increasing, not decreasing, made in America energy. I do not support sending American troops to Ukraine.” - US Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT)

Daines used the opportunity to call for an increase in the production of U.S. resources. Oil prices jumped to $105 a barrel Thursday after the invasion was launched and global stocks tumbled.

    “The skyrocketing price of oil and resulting inflation are stark reminders of the importance of increasing, not decreasing, made in America energy,” Daines said. “I do not support sending American troops to Ukraine.”
    Tester, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, also condemned the invasion and pledged U.S. support toward the defense of Ukraine and eastern Europe.

    “Vladimir Putin single-handedly started an unprovoked war that makes the world less safe. I stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and with every freedom-loving democracy in condemning Russia’s illegal military actions. The United States will continue to support the security and stability of our NATO and European allies in the face of these acts of war,” Tester said.

    “Vladimir Putin single-handedly started an unprovoked war that makes the world less safe. I stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and with every freedom-loving democracy in condemning Russia’s illegal military actions. The United States will continue to support the security and stability of our NATO and European allies in the face of these acts of war.” - US Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)

    Montana's members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Matt Rosendale, also issued a response to the invasion, with a different perspective.

    Now that Russia has begun their invasion of Ukraine, cries from war hawks on both sides of the aisle continue to grow louder to spill American blood and treasure in this conflict. We must resist these calls and put America first. The United States has no legal or moral obligation to come to the aid of either side in this foreign conflict. In talking to folks across Montana, they are much more concerned with stopping the invasion taking place in our country by millions of illegal aliens then they are the invasion of an Eastern European country halfway across the world. It is our obligation to secure our nation and put the American people first, not send our sons and daughters to die overseas in a conflict that does not serve our national interests.

    Montana Governor Greg Gianforte said in a news release on Thursday: “Putin’s unprovoked invasion of the sovereign, democratic Ukraine is an egregious act of war. Montana stands with the freedom-loving people of Ukraine and continues to pray for their safety. The United States and our democratic allies should respond immediately with sweeping, strict, comprehensive sanctions against Russia.”

    • Jonathon Ambarian contributed to this report

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