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senate Bill S. Res. 52

Should The U.S. Condemn Russia For Keeping A Ukrainian Fighter Pilot Captive?

Argument in favor

Holding a Ukrainian fighter pilot hostage is a step too far by Russian aggressors. The U.S. has a duty to show solidarity with Ukraine and condemn the actions taken against Nadiya Savchenko.

Marvin's Opinion
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05/27/2015
At this time - I don't have a firm answer. I don't like Russia.
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William's Opinion
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03/03/2015
This is not a good thing what Russia is doing!
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Peter's Opinion
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02/24/2015
of course we should,we should not care if it angers moscow
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Argument opposed

The circumstances under which Savchenko was taken are highly disputed. This resolution would do nothing but anger Moscow, and the U.S. has no place butting into a civil war across the globe.

James's Opinion
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02/24/2015
Won't help the pilot...only the politician(s). Feel good waste of time.
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Bill's Opinion
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04/10/2015
Come on congress ... This is a micro issue. Focus on the macro issues and the small ones take care of themselves. Putin and Russia need tough love if the wish to be in our sphere.
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stimoceiver's Opinion
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03/05/2015
The US needs to make peace with Russia. However, the US also should vocally support Ukrainian independence. Instead the US and its NATO allies in Europe seem to want Ukraine to be a part of NATO or EU. Let Russia and Ukraine sort it out without funding Ukrainian rebels.
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  • The senate Passed February 12th, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedJanuary 28th, 2015

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What is Senate Bill S. Res. 52?

This resolution would affirm the U.S. position against the detainment of Ukrainian fighter pilot, Nadiya Savchenko. Taken on June 18, 2015 by Pro-Russian forces in Eastern Ukraine and subsequently transferred to a detention center in Russia, Savchenko has been charged with the killings of two Russian journalists.

The condemnation both of Pro-Russian separatist troops as well as the Russian Federation for the actions taken against Savchenko are the primary goals of this resolution. While the resolution is a symbolic one, it demonstrates the sense of solidarity Congress feels in support of the Ukrainian people. The resolution also calls for the immediate release of Savchenko.

Impact

Nadiya Savchenko, Ukrainian Citizens, Russia, Ukraine, and Congress.

Cost of Senate Bill S. Res. 52

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More Information

Of Note:

Nadiya Savchenko became one of the first female Ukrainian pilots in the Ukrainian Army. She is a veteran of the Ukrainian peacekeeping mission in Iraq. When Ukraine descended into chaos in early 2014, she joined the Aidar Battalion, a volunteer group, to fight pro-Russian separatists in the country's east. 


Since early 2014 Russian backed forces in Eastern Ukraine have been at war with Ukraine in hopes to succeed and align themselves closer with Russia. Countries in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have universally condemned the actions of Russian President, Vladimir Putin and supported Ukraine from this aggression.


Ceasefire talks began in Minsk, Belarus on February 11, 2015 bringing together leaders from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France. The delegation agreed to an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine, plus an all-for-all hostage exchange process. Savchenko, however has yet to be officially addressed in regards to this agreement.


Media:

Sponsoring Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and Co-Sponsoring Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) Press Release

The Ukrainian American Bar Association (In Favor)

San Diego Jewish World

Washington Post (Context)

(Photo Credit: Radio Free Europe Radio Library)  

Official Title

A resolution calling for the release of Ukrainian fighter pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was captured by Russian forces in Eastern Ukraine and has been held illegally in a Russian prison since July 2014.