Ukraine - Countering Russian Intervention and Supporting a Democratic State: Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, May 6, 2014   [open pdf - 353KB]

This is the hearing on "Ukraine - Countering Russian Intervention and Supporting a Democratic State" held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Senator Menendez: "The situation in Ukraine is untenable, and there is no question that Russia and President Putin himself is supporting and instigating the conflicts that developed in southern and eastern Ukraine in the last days. Foreign Minister Lavrov's ruling out of additional talks today makes clear that Russia has no interest in resolving the crisis, leading us to conclude that the goal is to destabilize the country and potentially pursue further territorial ambitions. Our resolve, however, must be clear. Putin's actions must not stand and will not go unchallenged. These actions are an inexcusable breach of international law and a deeply aggressive gesture that sets a troubling precedent. Putin's tactics are not just about changing facts on the ground by sending in armed men to grab land. He has also launched a massive propaganda effort to distort the facts of this situation." Statements, letters and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Evelyn Farkas, Daniel Glaser, David Kramer, Victoria Nuland and Angela Stent.

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S. Hrg. 113-602; Senate Hearing 113-602
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