McConnell leads Senate delegation to meet with Zelenskyy in Ukraine

U.S. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) arrive to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, as the Russian attack on Ukraine continues, in Kiev, Ukraine May 14, 2022.

Ukrainian Presidential Press Service | Reuters

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

The meeting was “a strong signal of Ukraine’s bipartisan support by the US Congress and the American people,” Zelenskyy said in a Telegram message translated by NBC News.

Senators John Barrasso, John Cornyn and Susan Collins were among the delegation, according to a social media video. It is unclear whether the group is still in Ukraine.

Andrii Yermak, head of the president’s office, said the senators discussed additional sanctions against Russia and Ukraine’s hopes that the Senate will approve a $40 billion aid package that has already passed through the House.

The US has sent a handful of government officials to the embattled country in recent weeks. Earlier this month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a US 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 Spartan have also traveled to Ukraine.

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