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Bipartisan condemnation for Putin among Illinois congressional delegation as Russia invades Ukraine

Ukraine Tensions
Evgeniy Maloletka/AP
A damaged Ukrainian military facility in the aftermath of Russian shelling outside Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. Russia has launched a barrage of air and missile strikes on Ukraine early Thursday and Ukrainian officials said that Russian troops have rolled into the country from the north, east and south. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

Russia's invasion of Ukraine is drawing bipartisan condemnation from Illinois lawmakers.

In an interview with WCBU, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) said she's encouraged much of the world is taking on a unified approach to Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Bustos said countries representing two-thirds of the world's economy are imposing sanctions to pressure Russia to reverse course.

"This isn't an isolationist mentality. This is, we're going to get together with other nations that love democracy, and want to do everything they can to oppose authoritarianism," she said. "And we're going to stay unified in this."

Bustos said the hope is the sanctions and resulting economic pain serve as a "huge wake-up call" for Putin.

Congressman Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) said in a statement that Russian president Vladimir Putin has "chosen a path of bloodshed in Ukraine."

He called for America and other countries to enact economic sanctions and to punish Putin's regime.

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth said in a statement that the United States and its NATO allies must hold Russia accountable.

And Senator Dick Durbin says the invasion poses a "dire threat to the established international order." He called for it to be "resolutely deterred."

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.