McConnell and Republican senators visit Zelenskyy in Ukraine

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican Senators Susan Collins, John Cornyn and John Barrasso traveled to kyiv to visit Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The US Embassy tweeted about the senators’ visit to Ukraine on Saturday and posted a video of their meeting with Zelenskyy.

“Welcome to Ukraine,” the translated tweet addressed senators. “We are together with Ukraine.”

McConnell, in a statement Saturday night, called it “an honor” to have met Zelenskyy and his top advisers and “to stand in solidarity with the heroic people of Ukraine.”

“It was inspiring to visit the historic capital of a beautiful country that has been forced to fight for its own survival. We saw firsthand the courage, unity and determination of the Ukrainian people. Ukrainians are fighting bravely against a deranged invader and have already succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of skeptics,” McConnell said. “They are willing and determined to continue fighting for victory. Ukraine is not asking anyone else to fight their fight. They are only asking for the tools they need for self-defense.”

The Senate minority leader said Republican senators reassured Zelenskyy that the United States “stands strongly for Ukraine and will maintain our support until Ukraine wins this war.”

And he called on US allies to continue to do their part as well. McConnell also said that the pressure that the United States and its allies are putting on Russia is directly related to the national security of the United States.

“It is in our national interest to help Ukraine achieve victory in this war and to help Ukraine and other countries deter other wars of aggression before they start,” he said.

The senators traveled to Ukraine days before the Senate is expected to approve a $40 billion military and humanitarian aid package for Ukraine. The bill has broad bipartisan support and has already passed the House.

This was the last recent trip by top US officials to the war-torn country. Last Sunday, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden took a surprise trip to Ukraine, meeting with the first lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska and visiting Ukrainian children who have been displaced by the war with Russia. Biden crossed the border from Slovakia into southwestern Ukraine for his unannounced visit to a public school in Uzhhorod that has been turned into a temporary shelter housing 163 Ukrainians, including 47 children.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin also traveled to the capital city of kyiv in April, and a delegation of House Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a secret trip to the capital earlier this month and met with Zelenskyy.

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