HARRISBURG – A number of PA leaders have reacted to the Russian attack on Ukraine.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey said while the sanctions announced are a small step in the right direction, “I fear they will be inadequate to deter Putin from further aggression.By failing to impose significant sanctions on the Russian oil and gas industry, which accounts for the majority of all Russian exports, the administration is intentionally leaving the biggest industry in Russia’s economy virtually untouched.”

Sen. Bob Casey said this invasion highlights the need to continue to strengthen the global alliance of democracies, including NATO, against authoritarianism and those regimes blatantly violating the international rules-based order and basic principles of sovereignty. The United States stands by the Ukrainian people and we will work with our allies to support their needs.”

Congressman Lloyd Smucker said “the Russian invasion and unprovoked attacks on Ukraine at Putin’s direction are unacceptable and depraved. The Biden Administration, our NATO, and international allies must stand together to support Ukraine against this needless aggression.”

Gov. Tom Wolf said he stands “with President Biden in condemning the unprovoked and unjustified Russian military invasion of the independent country of Ukraine. This attack on a peaceful country is shocking and its impacts will be far reaching.” Wolf urged leaders across the globe to unite and respond decisively to this unjustified and unlawful attack.