**UPDATE (4/7/22):**Congress has approved two acts that initiate sanctions against Russia, adding to sanctions put in place by the White House. This comes on the same day that the UN suspended Russia from the Human Rights Council following evidence that Russians are systematically abusing human rights.
On February 24, 2022, after weeks of warnings from US officials, Putin invaded Ukraine. For months, Russia amassed troops along their shared border and escalated rhetoric, eventually claiming that Russia must “de-nazify” Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is leading a fierce resistance to this invasion, garnering a breathtaking display of broad world wide support from a multitude of countries, organizations and corporations. In spite of unprecedented financial, diplomatic, technological and social isolation, Putin has continued to ratchet up tensions by putting Russia’s nuclear deterrent forces on alert and brutally attacking Ukraine from multiple directions. It is becoming clear that this war will not be short, and the consequences to the Ukrainian people will likely be catastrophic.
The United States has acted rapidly to condemn this war and enacted and coordinated harsh consequences for Russia. President Biden has also reaffirmed the United States will not participate in direct military action, and therefore untenable escalation is off the table. Therefore Congress must continue to take swift and decisive action to help the Ukrainian people and to end this unjust war.
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].
I’m calling to urge [REP/SEN NAME] support Ukraine’s resistance to the Russian invasion in ways that de-escalate tensions and provide humanitarian assistance. I expect them to:
[CHOOSE 1-3 POLICIES BELOW]
continue to support humanitarian efforts to aid both Ukrainians trapped in country and refugees seeking aid, (and)
support efforts to seize Putin and Russian oligarch’s assets, (and)
continue to provide Ukraine with defensive military equipment.
_[legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden on 04/08/22] _ enact legislation to remove Russia’s status of “Permanent Normal Trade Relations”
[implemented by the Biden Administration on 03/03/22] support legislation that ends Russian oil imports to the US and and supports renewable energy
[implemented by the Biden Administration on 03/03/22] offer an immediate 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status or Deferred Enforced Departure, and Special Student Relief to Ukrainians
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