WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2022) – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement:
"Despite months of American and European offers for diplomatic de-escalation, Russia has invaded Ukraine. This is an unjustified and unprovoked war started by a dangerous dictator.
"For years, I have worked against Russia’s cyber and covert attacks against democracies, from Ukraine’s to our own. Russia has now begun an overt and direct attack on the people of Ukraine, the decades-old peace in Europe, and democracy itself.
"I stand with President Biden in condemning Russia’s actions. We need to stay united with our allies--today and in the coming weeks and months. We must exact the strongest possible price for Russia's unjustified aggression and attempt to overthrow Ukraine's legitimate democracy. Russia will be held accountable."