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Ohio Sen. Portman plans to head to the Ukraine
U.S. senator says he wants to observe the May 25th elections
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman wants to observe the Ukrainian elections.
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Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is planning to go to Ukraine before the end of the month. 

Portman revealed his plans during a conference call with Ohio reporters this morning --  the day after he co-sponsored a bill to level more sanctions against Russia and supply Ukraine with more military aid and energy.

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 “I do want to go over and see first-hand what’s happening in Ukraine and I hope to be able to do there during a time in which they have elections to help monitor the elections and ensure we do have the kind of transparency and fair election that will allow Ukraine to chart its own course and we need to stand with them and stop the Russian aggression and insist that the Europeans, the other NATO countries, help us as well.” 

The election is May 25th.

Portman says he supports additional U.S. sanctions against Russia announced this week, but overall thinks U.S. policy since Russia took over Crimea has been too reactive and timid. 

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