McConnell and other Republican senators pay secret visit to Ukraine

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader, traveled to Ukraine on Saturday to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky, leading the latest delegation of U.S. lawmakers to the country as the United States deepens its involvement in kyiv’s struggle against the Russian invasion.

The surprise visit by McConnell, who was accompanied by three other Republican senators, comes as the Senate works to pass a $40 billion emergency military and humanitarian aid package for Ukraine. It follows a string of other clandestine visits, including from First Lady Jill Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The trip, a rare international visit for Mr. McConnell, highlights widespread bipartisan support for Ukraine in Washington as the country tries to fend off Russia’s invasion, even as questions remain over Ukraine’s overall strategy. Biden administration in the face of the conflict and the scope of American assistance. .

The visit was first revealed by Mr. Zelensky’s office, and Mr. McConnell later issued a statement confirming the visit after saying the delegation had left Ukraine. The group, he said, asserted that the United States would “maintain our support until Ukraine wins this war.”

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