Terrorist attacks against innocent Israeli and Ukrainian civilians have shocked the world with their cruelty and sophistication. These unprovoked attacks are fueled by transnational terrorist networks that include Hamas, Russia, and the Iranian regime, and which regularly target Ukrainian and Israeli civilians and infrastructure. Israel and Ukraine face common foes in terrorist networks that use acts of brutality against innocent people to accomplish their goals and undermine democracy and the rule of law. Networked authoritarian terror has emerged as one of the most pressing and existential threats to free societies.
This hearing will examine how the United States can help its allies Israel and Ukraine counter these terrorist networks. Witnesses will discuss policy options including weapons transfers, enhanced sanctions, new technology, and designating Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. Witnesses will also discuss the depth and breadth of these networks of tyrannical terror and how a network of well-equipped democratic states can fight back.
Opening remarks by Oksana Markarova, Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States of America.