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McConnell leads Senate delegation to meet with Zelenskyy in Ukraine


After the Senate Republicans Weekly Policy Lunch at Washington’s Capitol on March 8, 2022, Mitch McConnell (Republican-Ky.) meets reporters.

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U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell led a delegation of senators to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at Kyiv Saturday.

Zelenskyy declared that this meeting was “a powerful sign of the two-party support for Ukraine by the United States Congress and the American people,” according to a Telegram post, translated by NBC News.

According to social media video, Senators John Barrasso and John Cornyn were part of the delegation. It is not clear if this group remains in Ukraine.

Andrii Yermak was the head of the presidential’s office. He said that Senators had discussed further sanctions against Russia and Ukraine in hopes that the Senate would pass a $40 Billion aid package. This has already passed through the House.

In the last few weeks, the United States has sent only a small number of officials to the troubled nation. In a meeting with Zelenskyy earlier this month, Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, led a delegation of U.S. Congress members. Jill Biden, first lady, was also present. U.S. Secretary Of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin along with Sen. Steve Daines, Rep. Victoria Spartz, and Rep. Victoria Spartz all visited Ukraine.