McConnell and GOP senators surprise Zelenskyy in Kyiv

McConnell, GOP senators meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy . Visit comes as Senate negotiating to pass nearly $40 billion deal for Ukraine .

WASHINGTON (Washington) — During an unannounced visit to Kyiv on Saturday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and a delegation of Republican senators met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, demonstrating the country's military support for Russia.On a video shared on Zelenskyys Telegram page, McConnell, R-Ky., and Senators Susan Collins of Maine, John Barrasso of Wyoming, and John Cornyn of Texas greeted him in the capital.In an Instagram post, Zelensky characterized the visit as a significant demonstration of bipartisan support for Ukraine from the US Congress and the American people.The trip came at a time when the Senate is negotiating to pass a nearly $40 billion deal for Ukraine, a significant boost for the region that would raise American assistance to the region to an estimated $50 billion.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky requested that the bill be included in a survey by an inspector general.However, final approval is not in doubt and could occur in the coming week, reflecting the overwhelming support from Congress for resurrecting the Ukrainian war effort.According to McConnell, the Ukrainians are only asking for the means they need to protect themselves against this deranged invasion.And they need this help right now.

On May 1, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., met with a coalition of House Democrats and promised Zelenskyy that the US would be there for you until the war is over.Jill Biden, the first lady, visited western Ukraine last weekend for a Mother's Day visit with Olena Zelenska, Zelensky's wife.