INDIANAPOLIS | U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., is traveling to Ukraine and Israel this week for meetings with government leaders and military personnel in both nations.
Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is joined on the trip by U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass.
The Ukraine stop follows an overwhelming vote Sunday by Crimea residents to declare independence from Ukraine, a vote the Obama administration has declared illegitimate.
Russia, which recently stationed troops in Crimea despite international criticism, promptly recognized Crimean independence.
U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Dan Coats, D-Ind., have led the Senate in urging Russia be punished for its aggression in Crimea.