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How NY and local elected officials are reacting to the Russia-Ukraine crisis

Map of Ukraine and Russia
Republican Policy Committee
A map of eastern Europe shows Ukraine's shared border with Russia.

All eyes are on Ukraine as Russia is attacking the country at its eastern border, and the invasion is expected to grow. NPR reported a U.S. official predicts the goal is to overtake the Ukranian capital. Elected officials across the state and in the Syracuse region are condemning the action and offering support to the Ukranian people.

1. Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh

2. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul

3. New York Rep. John Katko (24th District)

4. New York Rep. Claudia Tenney (22nd District)

5. New York State Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay

6. New York's U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

"My prayers are with the people of Ukraine in this terrible moment. President Putin's unprovoked, unnecessary and unjustified war will inflict needless suffering on the people of Ukraine and has threatened the security of the entire world. The U.S. must lead the effort to hold Russia accountable. Together with our allies, the U.S. must impose crushing sanctions on Russia and strengthen the defenses of our NATO allies. The world must be united and resolute against this act of aggression."

7. New York Rep. Jeremy Cooney (56th District)

8. New York Rep. Elijah Reichlin-Melnick (38th District)

Matt Wrigley comes from Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, and is pursuing his Broadcast and Digital Journalism degree at Newhouse. His goal is to be a beat writer for a Philadelphia sports team or a broadcaster for NBC/NBC Sports. This semester at WAER, he's looking forward to gaining confidence with interviews and improving his news writing.