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McConnell leads a delegation of Republican senators in Kyiv


The President said that Ukraine not only defends its own state, but all democratic values ​​and freedoms and the right of peoples to freely choose their own future.

“Russia is committing genocide against the Ukrainian people,” Zelenskyy told the delegation. “[Russian President Vladimir Putin] commits war crimes that horrify the whole world – torture, mass executions, rape. Europe has not seen such crimes since World War II,” he said.

The visit comes as a $40 billion aid package to bolster Ukraine’s defenses against Russian invasion stalled in the Senate following Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) demands for a watchdog to follow the money.

Two weeks ago, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi became the highest-ranking US official to visit Ukraine since the Russian invasion began.

Pelosi led the previously unannounced trip with a group of senior House Democrats, including Foreign Affairs Chairman Gregory Meeks (DN.Y.), Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-California) and Rules Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.).

Christopher Miller contributed to this report.

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