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Sen. Kelly favors support for Ukraine but no U.S. troops there

Wants arms for Ukraine, sanctions for Russia
Posted at 7:33 PM, Feb 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-23 21:33:13-05

SAHUARITA, Ariz. (KGUN) — Arizona Senator Mark Kelly favors international sanctions against Putin and Russia. The Senator thinks the U.S. and its' allies will end up applying more pressure than they have so far.

Senator Kelly visited students at Sahuarita High School, to see the school’s program to train students for building careers. The Senator says programs like that are critical to help ease worker shortages in construction trades but questions quickly turned to the building crisis in Ukraine.

Kelly says the world understands how flimsy Putin’s pretense has been to move troops into two areas Russian sympathizers already control, declare those areas independent countries then send in Russian troops with the claim they’ll be peacekeepers.

Kelly says, “It's not peacekeeping. It's clearly an invasion, and it's his first step to trying to impose his will on a democratic nation right next door, and we can't accept that.”

Kelly expects the U.S. and its European allies to ramp up international penalties against Putin like restricting Russian banks that let Russia's economy draw strength from the world’s financial system.

But Kelly says no treaty requires the U.S. to send troops to defend Ukraine in person as the U.S. is required to defend nearby countries that are part of NATO. Instead the U.S. is helping Ukraine with intelligence information and sending weapons.

“Including things like Javelin missiles. Some of our allies, NATO allies, are sending Stinger surface to air missiles. It's important that we're providing military aid to Ukraine. And we're also going to support our NATO partners by sending some forces into NATO countries, but not into Ukraine itself.”

Kelly worries a war in Ukraine could lead to a hundred thousand deaths and maybe a million refugees. He says Putin must change his path or understand international pressure against him will get much worse.