Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell and Republican Senators Susan Collins, John Cornyn and John Barrasso traveled to Kyiv to go to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The U.S. Embassy tweeted in regards to the senators’ go to to Ukraine Saturday and posted video of their assembly with Zelenskyy.
“Welcome to Ukraine,” the translated tweet addressed the senators. “We’re along with Ukraine.”
McConnell, in a press release Saturday night, known as it “an honor” to have met Zelenskyy and his high advisers and to “stand in solidarity with the heroic folks of Ukraine.”
“It was inspiring to go to the historic capital of a gorgeous nation that has been compelled to battle for its personal survival. We noticed firsthand the braveness, unity, and resolve of the Ukrainian folks. The Ukrainians are combating bravely in opposition to a deranged invader and have already succeeded past skeptics’ wildest goals,” McConnell stated. “They’re prepared and decided to maintain combating to victory. Ukraine shouldn’t be asking anyone else to battle their battle. They solely ask for the instruments they want for self-defense.”
The Senate minority chief stated the Republican senators reaffirmed to Zelenskyy that the U.S. “stands squarely behind Ukraine and can maintain our assist till Ukraine wins this battle.”
And he known as on U.S. allies to proceed to do their half, as effectively. McConnell additionally stated that the strain the U.S. and allies are bringing to bear on Russia is immediately tied to U.S. nationwide safety.
“It’s squarely in our nationwide curiosity to assist Ukraine obtain victory on this battle and to assist Ukraine and different nations deter different wars of aggression earlier than they begin,” he stated.
The senators travelled to Ukraine days earlier than the Senate is predicted to go a $40 billion bundle of army and humanitarian support to Ukraine. The invoice has broad bipartisan assist and has already been handed by Home.
This was the most recent current journey by high U.S. officers to the war-torn nation. Final Sunday, first woman Dr. Jill Biden made a shock journey to, assembly with the primary woman of Ukraine Olena Zelenska and visiting with Ukrainian youngsters who’ve been displaced by the battle with Russia. Biden crossed the border from Slovakia into southwestern Ukraine for her unannounced go to to a public college in Uzhhorod that was transformed into a short lived shelter, housing 163 Ukrainians, together with 47 youngsters.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin additionallyof Kyiv in April, and a delegation of Home Democrats led by Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the capital earlier this month and met with Zelenskyy.