Mitch McConnell visits Kyiv with delegation of Republican US senators




  • In Politics
  • 2022-05-14 14:19:05Z
  • By The Guardian
 

The US Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, has joined the growing list of US politicians making visits to Kyiv, it emerged on Saturday

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomed McConnell's visit as a powerful signal of bipartisan support for Ukraine.

McConnell led a delegation, which included the Republican senators Susan Collins of Maine, John Barrasso of Wyoming and John Cornyn of Texas, to the Ukrainian capital where he was hosted by Zelenskiy at the House of Chimaeras inside the presidential administration compound.

In remarks and video posted on Instagram on Saturday, Zelenskiy told the visitors that Ukraine was defending not only itself but all democratic values and freedoms and the right of people to freely choose their own future.

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

"Russia is committing genocide against the Ukrainian people," he added. "[Russia's 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."

The visit comes as a $40bn US military aid budget has stalled in the Senate over demands issued by the Kentucky senator Rand Paul for a watchdog to track the spending.

In a rare bipartisan request, McConnell and the Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, offered Paul a vote on his amendment to the package. That offer was rejected with Paul saying he wanted changes to the underlying bill.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Ukraine Latest: Erdogan Blocks NATO on Finland, Sweden Accession
Ukraine Latest: Erdogan Blocks NATO on Finland, Sweden Accession

(Bloomberg) -- Finland and Sweden handed in their applications to join NATO, but the process could drag out as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blocked...

Biden
Biden's burdens grow: Sagging global economy adds to US woes
  • World
  • 2022-05-18 17:28:26Z

As President Joe Biden embarks for Asia on Thursday, he's facing a new risk at home for the economy and his Democratic Party: a global slowdown caused by...

Russian soldier pleads guilty at first war crimes trial in Ukraine; fall of Mariupol imminent: Live updates
Russian soldier pleads guilty at first war crimes trial in Ukraine; fall of Mariupol imminent: Live updates

A Russian sergeant pleaded guilty Wednesday at Ukraine's first war crimes trial to fatally shooting an unarmed civilian. Latest Ukraine news.

U.S. reopens Kyiv embassy after three-month closure
U.S. reopens Kyiv embassy after three-month closure

"We are officially reopening operations," spokesperson Daniel Langenkamp told Reuters shortly before the U.S. flag was raised above the embassy. Consular...

UK floats war crimes tribunal for Russian leaders and soldiers
UK floats war crimes tribunal for Russian leaders and soldiers
  • World
  • 2022-05-18 14:49:00Z

The United Kingdom is open to an international criminal tribunal to prosecute Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and other Russian leaders for the war in...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Politics