New Jersey Globe: Sherrill returns from Ukraine after meeting with Zelensky, slams Putin ‘atrocities’

Citing America’s “unwavering commitment to Ukraine and its fight for democracy and freedom, Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) has completed her second trip to the war-torn nation this year, meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky and other government officials as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation visit.

“This trip reaffirmed what we all know to be true – the Ukrainian people have shown bravery and resolve second to none, despite atrocities committed by the Russian military and a looming food crisis,” Sherrill said.

The two-term Democratic congresswoman had visited Ukraine in late January, one month before the Russian invasion.

Sherill noted that despite promising news on Frida that Ukraine had reached a deal to ship grain without Russian interference, Russia “inexplicably bombed the Ukrainian port city of Odessa — directly contrary to the deal they had just reached.”

“Putin’s war is contributing to surging global prices that Americans are feeling at the grocery store and the gas pump,” said Sherrill.  “Around the world, people are facing uncertainty about their crops and, in some places, uncertainty about their next meal. Here at home, the conflict is driving up costs at the grocery store.”

In addition to Zelensky, Sherrill met with Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, mayors from Irpin and Bucha, and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine. Ambassador Bridget Brink. She also met with members of the 101st Airborne division.

“I am committed to taking every step possible, including working to ship Ukrainian grain, strengthening our supply chains, and diversifying agricultural imports, in order to bring the costs down in NJ-11 and fend off the looming humanitarian crisis around the world,” stated Sherrill.

In addition to Sherrill, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Washington) and Reps. Mike Waltz (R-Florida), Elissa Slotkin (D-Michigan) and Mike Quigley (D-Illinois) took part in the CODEL.