WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) released the statement below on the one year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

“Today marks 365 days since Russia’s brutal, unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Over the past year, in bright blue and yellow, Ukraine has shown the world what it truly means to fight for democracy. Ukraine’s resolve in the face of the inhuman barbarism of Vladimir Putin has inspired us all. 

Last year, I went to Ukraine and Ukraine’s border several times. In January, I was part of the last Congressional delegation to Ukraine before the war began, meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and senior leaders. In March, shortly after Russia’s brutal invasion, I went to Eastern Poland with a bipartisan group of my colleagues and gave meals to Ukrainian refugees streaming across the border. And in August I returned to Kyiv with former Senator Rob Portman and again met with President Zelenskyy. Each time, I saw firsthand the incredible strength of the Ukrainian people who are putting their lives on the line every single day for their democracy. 

I think back to that moment in February hours after the invasion began when President Zelenskyy stood in the streets of Kyiv and said, “we are here.” One year later, his statement still holds true. Against all odds and with tremendous fortitude, the Ukrainian people have defended their country against one of the largest armies in the world. While there are certainly dark days ahead, I remain optimistic that the Ukrainian people will prevail. 

We will continue to stand with Ukraine.”