McConnell leads Senate Republicans on unannounced visit to kyiv

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell met Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday as part of an announced visit to kyiv.

Mr. McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, joined a delegation of Senate Republicans, including Senators John Barrasso of Wyoming, Susan Collins of Maine and John Cornyn of Texas.

Mr. Zelenskyy’s office first shared the details of the visit, calling the lawmakers “true friends of Ukraine.”

“Today, our state has strong bipartisan and bipartisan support from American friends. And of the American people,” Zelenskyy adviser Andrii Sybiha said on Facebook on Saturday.

The Senate is poised to pass a $40 billion economic and military aid package for Ukraine with strong bipartisan support, despite hitting a roadblock on Thursday due to demands from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky. , to include language that would create a special inspector general to oversee the disbursement of military aid to Ukraine.

The House overwhelmingly approved the relief package 368-57 on Tuesday. The new package brings total US support for the war to nearly $54 billion once approved by the Senate.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, led a delegation of House Democrats in kyiv earlier this month to meet with Zelenskyy and express bipartisan congressional support for Ukraine.

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