Romney scolds Putin, Cox decries evil in world as Utahns react to Russia’s invasion

Utah senator blasts previous U.S. insurance policies for enabling a tyrant.

(Tyler Hicks | The New York Instances) A member of Ukraine’s navy makes use of a periscope on the entrance line of Zolote, in japanese Ukraine on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.

Utah leaders reacted late Wednesday to a Russian navy operation in Ukraine, which began with the sounds of explosions simply earlier than daybreak Thursday within the Japanese European nation, The Related Press reported.

“[Vladimir] Putin’s Ukraine invasion is the primary time in 80 years that an awesome energy has moved to overcome a sovereign nation,” Republican Sen. Mitt Romney mentioned. “It’s with out justification, with out provocation and with out honor.”

His assertion, posted to Twitter simply after 8 p.m. Utah time, additionally criticized previous U.S. insurance policies.

“Putin’s impunity predictably follows our tepid response to his earlier horrors in Georgia and Crimea, our naive efforts at a one-sided ‘reset,’ and the shortsightedness of ‘America First.’ The ‘80s referred to as, and we didn’t reply,” the assertion continued.

“The peril of once more trying away from Putin’s tyranny falls not simply on the individuals of the nations he has violated, it falls on America as nicely,” he added. “Historical past exhibits {that a} tyrant’s urge for food for conquest is rarely satiated.”

Romney, a member of the Senate International Relations Committee and the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, urged America and its allies to “reply the decision to guard freedom by subjecting Putin and Russia to the harshest financial penalties, by expelling them from international establishments, and by committing ourselves to the enlargement and modernization of our nationwide protection.”

Rep. Burgess Owens mentioned late Wednesday evening that he was praying for all Ukrainians.

“Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine undermines its territorial sovereignty and violates worldwide regulation. America stands with Ukraine, our NATO allies, and freedom,” Owens wrote in a press release posted on-line.”I’m praying for each man, girl, and youngster throughout Ukraine tonight.”

Forward of the Russian assault, Rep. Blake Moore called for “strength and leadership” from the White House and added that the “United States, NATO and associates of democracy the world over” needs to be united to help Ukraine.

“Russia’s wanton onslaught in opposition to Ukraine’s sovereignty undermines many years of the U.S.-led world order,” Moore, who sits on the Home Armed Providers Committee, wrote on Twitter.

Gov. Spencer Cox tweeted a picture Wednesday evening within the colours of Ukraine’s flag that learn, “I Stand With UKRAINE.”

“There’s evil on this world,” Cox tweeted. “Tonight we pray for the protection of these in Ukraine.”

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