Ukraine’s Zelenskyy meets with US Sens. Graham, Blumenthal in Kyiv

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has posted images Thursday of him meeting U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal in Kyiv, saying that his country continues to “count on the support of Congress” for weaponry in its fight against Russia

During the meeting on the 134th day of the war, Zelenskyy, according to his office, “called on senators to back the decision on providing Ukraine with modern air defense systems.” 

“First of all, we appeal to you so that the Congress supports Ukraine in the matter of supplying modern air defense systems,” Zelenskyy said. “We must ensure such a level of sky security that our people are not afraid to live in Ukraine.”  

“The number one task for us today is for women with children to be able to return to Ukraine by September 1, so that children can go to school, so that students do not leave and can go to universities,” Zelenskyy added. “It is very important for us to do two things — to repair schools, universities, and also to have a powerful air defense.” 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy meets Thursday with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in Kyiv, Ukraine
(Office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy)

Zelenskyy also “thanked the senators for the visit to our country and for the strong tangible support from the USA in times of tremendous challenges related to Russian aggression.” 


His office said the “parties separately touched upon the issue of increasing sanctions pressure on the aggressor state.  

“Lindsey Graham and Richard Blumenthal informed Volodymyr Zelenskyy about the work they are carrying out in the Senate with the aim of recognizing the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism,” it added. 

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