During a conference with a US Senate GOP delegation, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky asked for Russia to be officially designated as a “terrorist state.”
Mitch McConnell, the leading Republican in the US Senate, conducted an unannounced visit to Kyiv and spoke with Zelensky. McConnell is pressuring Republican Sen Rand Paul to drop his opposition to a $40 billion assistance plan for Ukraine.
Zelensky praised the two countries’ cooperation, saying, “We addressed various areas of assistance for our state, including defense and financial, as well as tightening sanctions against Russia.”
Volodymyr Zelensky Hopes That US Will Continue Aiding Ukraine
He shared a video of his conversation with McConnell, who was joined by Senators John Barrasso, John Cornyn, and Susan Collins.
According to a statement on the official website, the Ukrainian leader “expressed optimism that the US Senate will soon approve a package of extra assistance to support the Ukrainian people.”
McConnell said it was an honor for Zelensky “that the US stands firmly with Ukraine and will continue to do so until Ukraine triumphs in this conflict. It’s also critical that America doesn’t go it alone.” The Tass news agency said that Moscow’s envoy to the US advised against increased collaboration with Ukraine after McConnell’s meeting with Zelensky.
Anatoly Antonov, according to Tass, told Russian television “The United States is being driven farther and deeper into a confrontation with the most unforeseeable repercussions for relations between the two nuclear powers,” says the report. On Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the situation in the Donbas area remained challenging, adding that Russian forces were still attempting to display some type of success.
Previously, US President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, and US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid visits to Kyiv to express their solidarity.