McCarthy calls Putin war on Ukraine 'reckless and evil,' as Russian military rolls toward Kyiv

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Fox News senior foreign affairs correspondent reports from Moscow as Russia invades Ukraine.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Thursday slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin as “evil” over his war on Ukraine, and called for him to face massive backlash for the invasion. 

“Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is reckless and evil. The United States stands with the people of Ukraine and prays for their safety and resolve,” McCarthy, R-Calif., said. “Putin’s actions must be met with serious consequence. This act of war is intended to rewrite history and more concerning, upend the balance of power in Europe. Putin must be held accountable for his actions.”

Russia began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine from multiple fronts Wednesday evening U.S. time. Putin declared a “special military operation” in the country in a pre-recorded video from earlier this week that was broadcast early Thursday morning Russian time. 

Air raid sirens and explosions could be heard in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, throughout Thursday. Massive plumes of smoke were also visible in the area. 

McCarthy’s comment is one of many similar statements from members of Congress about the Russia-Ukraine war. But he’s the first party leader in Congress to release a statement since Russia’s invasion began in earnest late Wednesday U.S. time. 

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    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., responds to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, about the behavior of Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., and her repeated "anti-Muslim" attacks against Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking to the media during a joint news conference with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban following their talks in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. Putin says the U.S. and its allies have ignored Russia’s top security demands. In his first comments on the standoff with the West over Ukraine in more than a month, Putin said Tuesday that the Kremlin is still studying the U.S. and NATO’s response to the Russian security demands received last week. (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photo via AP) (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photo via AP)

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    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky talks during a press conference at the Ukraine’s embassy in Paris on April 16, 2021 after a working lunch with French President. – French President and German Chancellor were to hold talks on April 16 with Ukrainian President in a show of support for his pro-Western government after a Russian military build-up on its eastern borders raised fears of an invasion. (Photo by Bertrand GUAY / AFP) (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images) (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP via Getty Images)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., condemned the Russian invasion earlier this week when Russia first sent troops into the Donbas region. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., slammed Putin as a “tyrant” in her press conference earlier Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., hasn’t made any unilateral comments on the Russia-Ukraine war since Russian troops first entered Ukraine. He did, however, join a bipartisan statement standing with Ukraine last week. 

President Biden Wednesday condemned Russia’s war as “an unprovoked and unjustified attack” and promised to levy tough sanctions against Russia. Biden also said he spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy early Thursday and said, “We will continue to provide support and assistance to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people.”

Biden is expected to deliver further remarks Thursday afternoon.

Fox News’ Trey Yingst and Peter Doocy contributed to this report. 

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