BySenators Pedersen, Billig, Braun, Brown, Carlyle, Cleveland, Conway, Das, Dhingra, Dozier, Fortunato, Frockt, Gildon, Hasegawa, Hawkins, Holy, Honeyford, Hunt, Keiser, King, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, Lovick, McCune, Mullet, Muzzall, Nguyen, Nobles, Padden, Randall, Rivers, Robinson, Rolfes, Saldaña, Salomon, Schoesler, Sefzik, Sheldon, Short, Stanford, Trudeau, Van De Wege, Wagoner, Warnick, Wellman, C. Wilson, J. Wilson, and L. Wilson
WHEREAS, The people of Washington State and the people of Ukraine share a commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law; and
WHEREAS, Washington State is home to over 70,000 people with Ukrainian heritage and one of the largest populations of Ukrainian immigrants among the 50 states; and
WHEREAS, Many Ukrainians immigrated to Washington State fleeing Soviet persecution for their beliefs and seeking personal and religious freedoms in the United States; and
WHEREAS, Ukrainians and Ukrainian Americans in Washington State have enriched our communities through their leadership and contributions in agriculture, business, academia, government, and the arts; and
WHEREAS, Ukraine is a diverse nation, home to Ukrainians, Russians, Crimean Tatars, Jews, Poles, and many other ethnic groups; and
WHEREAS, Ukraine is the second largest country in Europe; and
WHEREAS, Between 2014 and 2022, more than 14,000 Ukrainian servicemembers and civilians have been killed in armed conflict; and
WHEREAS, On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin abandoned diplomacy and international pleas for peace and launched an unprovoked military invasion of Ukraine; and
WHEREAS, This attack on Ukraine has already killed hundreds of Ukrainian servicemembers and civilians and caused an urgent international humanitarian crisis; and
WHEREAS, President Putin has denied the existence of Ukraine and apparently seeks to overthrow the democratically elected government of Ukraine; and
WHEREAS, The people of Ukraine are now engaged in an armed conflict to defend their independence and democratic way of life;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate recognize the democratic values shared by the people of Washington State and the people of Ukraine; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate express its deepest sympathies for all Ukrainian Americans, especially those with loved ones in harm's way; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate condemn the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine and reiterate its support for peace, diplomacy, and an immediate end to the invasion; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate encourage the people of Washington State to support Ukrainian Americans and the people of Ukraine in their urgent time of need.
I, Sarah Bannister, Secretary of the Senate,
do hereby certify that this is a true and
correct copy of Senate Resolution 8662,
adopted by the Senate
March 2, 2022
Secretary of the Senate