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Coats, Durbin join on Senate measure backing Ukraine

Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Dan Coats, R-Ind., jointly announced Tuesday they have agreed to provisions of a bipartisan Senate resolution that would support Ukraine and condemn Russia for sending military forces there.

“Our resolution is indicative of the strong support in the Senate for isolating and punishing Russia,” Coats and Durbin said in a statement. “Now is a time for the United States to show leadership and action.”

They said they have the support of 29 other senators, including the chairman and ranking Republican of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"Now is a time for the United States to show leadership and action,” Coats and Durbin said.

The Durbin-Coats resolution would, among other things, demand that Russia remove its forces from Ukraine, urge President Barack Obama to impose economic and diplomatic sanctions against Russia, propose the Group of Eight countries and NATO suspend Russia’s representation in the two bodies, call for an international observer mission in Crimea and other parts of Ukraine, and ask that world soccer’s governing body reconsider its decision to place World Cup matches in Russia in 2018.

The resolution would also support Ukraine’s efforts “to forge closer ties with Europe” and offer economic assistance, including loan guarantees, to Ukraine.

The legislation includes many provisions Coats proposed in a resolution he introduced last week.