Congressional delegation set to deploy to Ukraine

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) will lead a congressional delegation to Ukraine on Monday to meet with senior officials and assess U.S. efforts to support Ukraine.

“Ukraine is in crisis, and the U.S. should do what we can to bolster its government against Russian aggression,” Royce said. “Our delegation will be an important show of support for a country under increasing economic strain and security threats. It will also be an opportunity for the Foreign Affairs Committee at this critical time to take a measure of the Obama administration’s efforts to help Ukraine maintain its sovereignty.”

Committee Ranking Member Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee will join the congressional delegation to Ukraine. They will meet with Ukrainian presidential candidates, non-government organizations that will assist with the elections next month and representatives of ethnic and religious minority communities.

“Ukraine is at a critical juncture,” Engel said. “The United States, our European partners and the international community need to stand up for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and for the right of its people to choose their own future free of intimidation and pressure. President Obama has made it clear that the U.S. supports the aspirations of Ukrainians to live in a democratic, prosperous and just state, and our delegation will reaffirm this position. This visit is intended to show our bipartisan support for the government and people of Ukraine in the face of continued Russian aggression.”