Schumer leads Democratic delegation to Ukraine amid standoff over military aid

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and four other Democratic senators flew to Ukraine, where they will meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and four other Democratic senators traveled Friday to Ukraine, where they planned to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy amid a standoff in Washington over billions of dollars in military aid for the war-torn nation.

The visit to Lviv falls on the eve of the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and on the same day that President Joe Biden announced more than 500 new sanctions against Russia over its bloody war and the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in a Russian prison.

In Lviv, the senators, holding bouquets of red flowers, participated in a ceremony with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink and Ukrainian Defense Minister Rustem Umerov "to honor Ukraine's brave heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom for their nation," Brink wrote on X.

Schumer sported a bright blue sports coat and yellow tie, the national colors of Ukraine.

For months, Zelenskyy has warned the U.S. and other allies that his military is running out of weapons. Without an emergency infusion of aid, he said, Russia will try to get the upper hand.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/schumer-leads-democratic-delegation-ukraine-standoff-military-aid-rcna140040


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