McConnell, the top Republican in the US Senate, meets Zelensky in Kyiv

Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the US Senate, made an unannounced visit to Kyiv on Saturday with other Republican senators and met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for talks.

McConnell is urging Republican Senator Rand Paul to end his opposition to a $40 billion aid package for Ukraine, which has overwhelming support from both major parties.

Zelenskyy hailed what he called a powerful signal of bipartisan support for Ukraine.

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“Thank you for your leadership which helps us to fight not only for our country, but also for democratic values ​​and freedoms. We really appreciate it,” he said in a statement.

McConnell was accompanied by Susan Collins from Maine, John Barrasso from Wyoming and John Cornyn from Texas.

Dozens of foreign politicians and celebrities have traveled to Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February to show their support. President Joe Biden’s wife, university professor Jill Biden, made an unannounced trip to Kyiv last Sunday.

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