While we celebrate their independence and the fall of the oppressive Soviet Union, we concurrently stand united with our Ukrainian brothers and sisters as their way of life is threatened by Russian-backed rebels on the eastern front. This unnecessary confrontation has cost almost 7,000 lives and threatened Ukrainian sovereignty. Even last night the rebels violated the current cease-fire agreement 82 times according to Ukrainian officials.
The world cannot afford to sit idly by and allow this provocation to go unchecked. So, let us continue to support Ukrainian independence today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.