Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to show his enthusiasm for the resolution:
Pavlo Klimkin @PavloKlimkin
I thank US House of Representatives for a resolution calling to provide Ukraine with military assistance. Important that Res is bipartisan.
U.S. weapons sent to Ukraine could effectively assist forces fighting for the liberation of Crimea.
“We do need this precision weaponry and our armed forces in the south in particular need to be modernized," said Refat Chubarov, the leader of the Crimean Tatars, in a statement reminding the European Parliament that the region still awaits assistance. "The war against Ukraine started with the occupation of Crimea and the war against Ukraine may only be ceased with the liberation of Crimea.”The resolution passed the House 348 to 48, with bipartisan co-sponsorship.
“We cannot view the crisis in Ukraine as just some faraway conflict or someone else’s problem,” said Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Democratic leader of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and sponsor of the resolution. “What Putin is doing is he’s changing borders by force on the continent of Europe for the first time since World War II,” he added. “This cannot stand. The United States cannot turn a blind eye to it.”