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Kentucky Senate backs Ukraine with resolutions

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer- Regarding Ukraine Resolution
Stu Johnson
Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer- Regarding Ukraine Resolution

The Kentucky Senate has adopted resolutions demonstrating support for Ukraine as the Russian invasion continues. Unity was the theme expressed on the floor.

Senate GOP Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer said he felt it was important for the state legislative body to show its support for the Ukrainian people.

“Who would have thought that in our lifetimes we would see another land war in Europe. Not me. But, clearly, one man’s designs on imperialism have upended geopolitics and threatened the freedom-loving people of Ukraine,” said Thayer.

Lexington Democratic Senator Reggie Thomas said former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, at the advent of the cold war, commented politics stops at the water’s edge.

“It doesn’t matter what initial we have politically behind our name as a D or an R when it comes to this country and our principals and our values, we are all one in the same,” said Thomas.

During floor comments, Senate President Robert Stivers abruptly left the chair in tears. Later Stivers said the matter was a little bit more personal. His son, a U.S. Marine, will be deployed within the next ten days.

“Probably not be in the Ukraine, but will be as a joint force with NATO, NATO forces to keep any incremental spread from going into the NATO countries,” explained Stivers.

A second resolution urging the state’s liquor stores to stop selling Russian-produced vodka also got Senate approval.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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