Donnelly visiting Ukraine, Israel

2014-03-20T13:00:00Z 2014-03-29T21:42:08Z Donnelly visiting Ukraine, IsraelBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

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.

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