WASHINGTON, DC – PA U.S. Senator Pat Toomey released a statement calling on the U.S. to impose sanctions on Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. He said the events are Putin’s latest effort to degrade Ukraine’s sovereignty and turn it into a vassal state. This war Russia is choosing to wage will create a humanitarian crisis in Europe with millions of displaced Ukrainians. The United States and our allies must aim to stop this war before the damage escalates further by imposing harsh sanctions on Russia to ensure Putin understands there will be a crippling cost to his abuses. The NYET Act—which Toomey and Idaho U.S. Sen. Jim Risch introduced last week—would make Putin feel the consequences of his invasion of Ukraine by imposing secondary sanctions on Russian financial institutions. Toomey urged the Senate to take up the legislation as soon as they return next week.