Politics & Government

Boehner invites Ukrainian president to address Congress

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, speaks to workers during his visit to the Ilich Iron and Steel Works in the southern coastal town of Mariupol, Ukraine, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Mykola Lazarenko, Pool)
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, speaks to workers during his visit to the Ilich Iron and Steel Works in the southern coastal town of Mariupol, Ukraine, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Mykola Lazarenko, Pool) AP

House Speaker John Boehner has invited Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to address a joint meeting of Congress on September 18 as his country grapples with intrusions by Russia.

‘Having President Poroshenko address Congress is another signal of our steadfast commitment to the aspirations of his people," said Boehner, R-Ohio. "It will be an honor and a privilege to welcome him to the United States Capitol.’

Officials of the Kiev government say Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent troops into the country to bolster pro-Russian rebels battling Ukrainian forces. Kiev and Western governments say there’s solid evidence of Russian activity in Ukraine, but Moscow denies the charges.

Poroshenko becomes the second Ukrainian president to speak to Congress. President Viktor Yushchenko addressed a joint meeting April 6, 2005.

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