May 14, 2022 - World

McConnell leads delegation to Kyiv to meet with Zelensky

Mitch McConnell leads a delegation to Kyiv to meet with Zelensky
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky meets with a U.S. delegation led by Mitch McConnell in Kyiv on May 14. Photo: Andrij Sybiha, Office of the President of Ukraine via Facebook

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell led a congressional delegation to Kyiv to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, CNN reports.

Driving the news: McConnell is the latest high-ranking U.S. official to visit the country amid Russia's ongoing invasion. The trip comes as the Senate is weighing a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine that the House has already passed.

  • It was unclear if the meeting took place Saturday and if the delegation is still in Kyiv, CNN writes.
  • Joining McConnell on the trip were Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), according to a short video Zelensky posted to this Instagram page.
  • The trip comes about two weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) led a group of six congressional Democrats to meet with Zelensky.
  • First lady Jill Biden made a surprise visit to the country and met with Ukraine's first lady, Olena Zelenska, last Sunday.

What they’re saying: In a post on his Instagram account, Zelensky said that the trip "is a strong signal of bipartisan support for Ukraine from the United States Congress and the American people."

  • "Thank you for your leadership in helping us in our struggle not only for our country, but also for democratic values and freedoms,' he added. "We really appreciate it."

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