Lawmakers reported that the diplomat called for additional assistance to Kyiv.

Senators who met with the Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States said that she expressed gratitude and made it clear that her country would need additional assistance in the future.

Senators from both parties met with Oksana Markarova to discuss the war in Ukraine.

Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, described the meeting as follows: “It was a message of gratitude, a call to support [Ukraine] to the end.”

Democratic Senator Chris Coons said that Markarova told lawmakers that Ukraine had already exhausted its stocks of “Soviet-made weapons, equipment and materials,” and now it is vital that the United States and other countries send new supplies to Ukraine.

“Thank you, do more. We have a tough fight ahead of us. With your support, we can win,” Coons summed up Markarova’s message.

Republican Senator Roy Blunt said that members of his party were satisfied with the ambassador’s explanations about how Ukraine disposed of the aid provided earlier, and called the new $40 billion aid initiative a “survival package.”