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Shaheen, Portman Participate in Discussion Hosted by Dartmouth on Russia’s Unprovoked Invasion of Ukraine


(Hanover, NH) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), chair of the SFRC Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, and a member of the bipartisan Ukraine Caucus, and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and a Dartmouth College alumnus, participated in a discussion hosted by Dartmouth on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  

The event, entitled, “The Defense of Ukraine: A Conversation with Senators Rob Portman and Jeanne Shaheen,” was hosted by Professor Jason Barabas, who serves as Director of the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences at Dartmouth College, and moderated by Victoria Holt, Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.  

“I appreciated Dartmouth hosting Senator Portman and me for a discussion today on the far-ranging consequences of Putin’s bloody further invasion of Ukraine. Senator Portman has been a steadfast partner of mine in the Senate, and together we’ve channeled bipartisan momentum to combat Russian aggression and aid Ukraine in its fight for survival. Ukrainians have shown remarkable resolve in the face of brutal atrocities committed by Russian forces, and they deserve all the support available to defend their people and land,” said Shaheen. “This war in Ukraine isn’t just about Ukraine. It’s about the U.S., Europe and the survival of democracies across the globe. We must meet this pivotal moment in history with unwavering resolve and ensure democracy and independence prevail over authoritarianism.”

“I was honored to be back at my alma mater today and thank Dartmouth for hosting Senator Shaheen and I as we discussed President Putin’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine. Throughout my time in the Senate, I have made it a priority to work across the aisle and find common ground with my colleagues from both parties because I believe that is the best way to get things done for the American people. The issue of Ukraine is yet one more example where there is broad bipartisan support in the Senate and House to support the people of Ukraine as they fight for freedom against a brutal regime that wants to take over their country. The United States must continue to stand on the side of freedom over tyranny and democracy and self-determination over authoritarianism and conquest,” said Portman

You can watch the full discussion here.

Shaheen and Portman have led bipartisan action in the Senate in support of Ukraine in response to Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, which threatens the stability and security of Eastern Europe and NATO allies. As a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Shaheen helped to secure $800 million in the fiscal year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the Committee earlier this week to advance additional aid to Ukraine and regional allies. In January, Shaheen and Portman led a bipartisan delegation to Ukraine, where they met with President Zelenskyy and members of his administration to discuss support efforts ahead of Russia’s unprovoked invasion. In February, Shaheen and Portman successfully led a bipartisan resolution reaffirming support for Ukraine amid increased Russian aggression. Shaheen also serves as co-chair of the Senate NATO Observer Group, which she re-established in 2018.