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McConnell leads Senate delegation to meet with Zelenskyy in Ukraine


U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) faces reporters after the Senate Republicans weekly policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 8, 2022.

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US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell led a Senate delegation to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Saturday.

The meeting was “a powerful signal of bipartisan support for Ukraine by the United States Congress, as well as the American people,” Zelenskyy said in a Telegram article translated by NBC News.

Senators John Barrasso, John Cornyn and Susan Collins were part of the delegation, according to a video posted on social media. It is not known if the group is still in Ukraine.

Andrii Yermak, chief of the president’s office, said senators discussed additional sanctions against Russia and Ukraine in hopes the Senate will pass a $40 billion aid package that has already caught on. in the room.

The United States has sent a handful of government officials to the beleaguered country in recent weeks. Earlier this month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a U.S. congressional delegation to meet with Zelenskyy, followed by first lady Jill Biden. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Senator Steve Daines and Representative Victoria Spartz also visited Ukraine.

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