This is stated in a Caucus press release, Censor.NET reports.
The lawmakers noted that the importance of humanitarian assistance to people in a combat zone cannot be overstated. However, this assistance only heals the symptoms of a larger problem, the statement reads, noting that Ukrainian government is in dire need of defensive weapons necessary to protect its borders and sovereignty. The Caucus also stressed that it would help Ukraine continue the process of economic and government reforms initiated on the Euromaidan.
The document notes that Congress had spoken for military support in order to enhance the ability of the Ukrainian people to protect its sovereign territory from unprovoked and continuing aggression of the Russian Federation.
In addition, the congressmen said that U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter in his appointment speech made it clear that he supported the idea of providing lethal assistance to Ukraine.
The lawmakers recalled that, according to UN estimates, at least 1.2 million Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes because of the Russian invasion.
The statement was signed by representatives of both parties - Republican Michael Fitzpatrick and Democrats Sander Levin and Marcy Kaptur.