Among the American lawmakers who met with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy are influential senators Mitch McConnell from Kentucky and Susan Collins from Maine.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskiy met with a representative delegation of the U.S. Congress in Kyiv on Saturday. American lawmakers, including Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues: Senators Susan Collins, John Barrasso, John Cornyn, arrived in the Ukrainian capital without prior announcement.

The New York Times considers the arrival of distinguished American guests as another evidence of bilateral support for the Zelenskiy government on Capitol Hill and the growing involvement of the United States in the fate of democracy in Ukraine. Earlier, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the third person of the state – Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and First Lady of the United States Jill Biden also visited Ukraine.

President Zelenskiy warmly welcomed U.S. lawmakers right on one of the streets in the center of Kyiv. According to preliminary information, the main topics of discussion will be the prospects for ending the war in Ukraine and military assistance from Western powers to the Ukrainian authorities.

“Helping Ukraine is not just an act of altruism: He is directly related to America’s national security and to [our] vital interest in ensuring that Russia’s outright aggression is not crowned with success and does not go to the authorities in vain,” Senator McConnell said before arriving in Kyiv. “If Ukraine cannot repel Russian aggression, the threat to American and European security, without any doubt, vozarstet”.