U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator John Barasso (R-WY) and Senator John Kornin (R-TX) arrive in Ukraine for a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Attacks continue on May 14, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Ukrainian Presidential Press Service | Reuters
U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is leading a Senate delegation to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev on Saturday.
In a telegram post translated by NBC News, Zelensky said the meeting was “a strong signal of the two sides’ support for Ukraine by the US Congress as well as the American people.”
The delegation included Senators John Barraso, John Cornin and Susan Collins, according to a video posted on social media. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Andrei Yarmak, head of the president’s office, said senators had discussed additional sanctions on Russia and Ukraine, and that the Senate would pass a 40 40 billion aid package that had already been passed by the House.
The United States has sent a handful of government officials to war-torn countries in recent weeks. Earlier this month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a US congressional delegation to meet with Zelenski, followed by First Lady Jill Biden. U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Sen. Steve Dennis and Representative Victoria Spartz also visited Ukraine.