Sen. Wicker blasts Russian attack on Ukraine, calls Putin a ‘modern-day Adolf Hitler’

The senator is now calling on the House and Senate to pass a supplemental national security spending bill.
Calling Putin a “modern-day Hitler,” Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) said tens of thousands of...
Calling Putin a “modern-day Hitler,” Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) said tens of thousands of European lives hang in the balance because of “the delusional dictatorship currently in control in Russia.”
Published: Feb. 24, 2022 at 11:19 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 24, 2022 at 7:37 PM CST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLOX) - As people in Ukraine brace themselves for more attacks from Russia, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker is calling on President Biden and Congress to provide aid.

Wicker addressed the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly on Thursday, unleashing a powerful statement against the Russian president’s actions.

Calling Putin a “modern-day Hitler,” Wicker said tens of thousands of European lives hang in the balance because of “the delusional dictatorship currently in control in Russia.”

Russia launched a wide-ranging attack on Ukraine on Thursday, hitting cities and bases with airstrikes, leaving Ukraine’s government pleading for help as Russian tanks and troops rolled across the border in a “full-scale war” that could rewrite the geopolitical order.

Wicker, who is a ranking member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, rallied the “free world” to support Ukraine.

Read Sen. Wicker’s full remarks below:

“My colleagues, Europe is at war at this very moment. The lives of tens of thousands of young Europeans hang in the balance at this very moment because of the delusional dictatorship currently in control in Russia and because of his brazen attack. The free world deserves better than this modern-day Adolf Hitler. If Vladimir Putin’s recent words and deeds have a haunting familiarity, it is because they are directly out of the Nazi madman’s notebook.

I mean no offense to the Russian delegates to this assembly. In effect, they have no alternative but to parrot the Putin line. If they took a position to the contrary, they would upon returning to Moscow meet a fate similar to those of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Boris Nemtsov, Sergei Magnitski, and Alexey Navalny.

I join the virtual unanimous denunciation by my OSCE colleagues of this outrage, of this trampling of seven decades of a rules-based world order. But I must use the few seconds I have today to sound a warning to the defensive military alliance to which most of us belong.

If Vladimir Putin succeeds in Ukraine, he will not stop there – just as he did not stop with Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Crimea, and the Donbass. How can any of us realistically believe he will stop with Ukraine? According to Putin’s twisted rationale, every former republic of the USSR is at risk. NATO is at risk. Every member of the peace-loving international community is at risk of being swept up into this conflict.

And, my colleagues, we are not ready. Our collective military capability is not sufficient to deter the aggression that the Russian dictator is likely to pursue. I will in the coming hours and days try to persuade my President Biden, and the House and Senate, to pass a supplemental national security spending bill immediately. I give the same warning to NATO. It is time for my government and the governments of all nations to rethink our priorities, and reorder the military capability of our alliance. Thank you.”

Watch Sen. Wicker’s two-part interview from Thursday’s 4 O’Clock Show to hear more about the conflict and his powerful statement:

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