The House on Thursday passed a resolution condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin's "policy of aggression" in neighboring countries.

Passed 411-10, the measure denounces Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova and calls for the removal of forces in those countries.


Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), the resolution's sponsor, said it was important for Congress to reiterate its opposition to Putin's actions.

"The U.S., Europe and our allies must aggressively keep the pressure on Mr. Putin to encourage him to change his behavior. Sadly, Mr. Putin will only respond to raw power and we must remain unified in our efforts," Kinzinger said.  

The resolution also criticizes the suppression of democracy in Russia, including the Putin regime's control of the media and arrests of pro-democracy protesters. Lawmakers noted that the resolution specifically targets Putin, not the Russian people. 

"It pains me that Putin has effectively destroyed democracy in Russia. We must let the Russian people know that we stand by them against this tyrant," said Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The resolution further urges President Obama to provide Ukraine with defense equipment and training.

"Ukraine is clearly in need of urgent military assistance," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).