The U.S. Congress works on new sanctions against the Russian Federation; the reason is continued detention of Ukrainian sailors and ships. This is mentioned in the press release of Marcy Kaptur, the Congressman from Ohio.
“The United States Congress continues to strongly condemn Russia’s dangerous naval assault on the Ukrainian Navy and the illegal detainment of 24 Ukrainian sailors. The event represents the latest in a series of malicious steps taken by Russia to undermine Ukraine’s democratic progress and the international rules-based order. The international community must not stand idly by as Russia increases its aggression in Europe and globally. The United States and the free world must raise the cost of Russian incursions until each of the 24 Ukrainian sailors are returned home and the vessels released. This bill sends a powerful message to the Ukrainian sailors and their families that the American people have not forgotten their heroic struggle to protect their nation’s democratic trajectory and sovereignty. We call on our House colleagues to support this bipartisan legislation and for Russia to immediately release the Ukrainian sailors,” reads the message.
The co-authors of the bill are the Congressional Ukraine Caucus Chairs, Representatives Marcy Kaptur, Mike Quigley (Democrats), Andy Harris and Brian Fitzpatrick (Republicans).