Oklahoma Senate Approves Resolution Declaring Support for Ukraine | Community

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Senate on Monday approved a resolution affirming the historic ties between the state and the people of Ukraine and supporting their fight against Russia’s violent and unlawful invasion. Senate Resolution 27 was introduced by Senate Pro Tempore Speaker Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City.

“We stand with the people of Ukraine and call on the citizens of Oklahoma to join us in praying for their safety and freedom. We have a long-standing connection to Ukraine, with immigrants from that region arriving in Oklahoma before it even became a state,” Treat said. “What Russia has done is unacceptable, illegal and immoral. The free world is outraged by their aggression and moved by the determination of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his people to defend their sovereign democracy.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, co-wrote the resolution and presented SR27 on the Senate floor. Thompson began doing missionary work in Ukraine in the 1990s, serving as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Good News International Foundation, where he was recognized for his partnership with the secretary of religion and science in Ukraine, and led volunteer publishing and outreach in the country. . He said the people of Oklahoma and Ukraine not only share past ties, but also a common resolve and resilience in the face of enormous challenges.

“Although we didn’t have to deal with the war on Oklahoma soil, we did have to deal with other difficulties, from the Dustbowl to the Murrah bombing. We are people with a heart, and these people are suffering. My wife and I still have lots of friends in Ukraine and we tried to keep in touch and find out how they were doing as the invasion unfolded. It’s a scary situation and they need and deserve our support,” Thompson said. “We will stand up for democracy and freedom, and with Ukrainians as they stand up for their freedom. When your president is on the front line, it’s easy to stand with people like that. »

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