Senators say Zelensky pushed for greater resources from Biden administration as war drags on

 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is escorted by Senate Sergeant at Arms Karen Gibson to a meeting with US Senators, on Wednesday, july 10.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said in a statement that Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky “was very clear in our meeting today: without US support, Ukraine will lose the war.” The Illinois Democrat also called for Congress to “continue to push for the resources, equipment, and flexibility necessary to prevail against Russian tyranny.”

Several Senate Republicans leaving the meeting argued that the Biden administration has slow-walked aid to Ukraine, and pressed for a quicker, expedited response to Ukrainian needs.

“They’re not in it to win it,” said Sen. Dan Sullivan. “We woredk hard to get the supplemental passed, and the weapons that these guys need get delayed by this administration.”

He added that the meeting, “was mostly about weapons systems and restrictions that the administration continues to place on these guys.”

Sen. Mike Rounds, agreed, and added that Zelensky and Ukraine “want some additional permission and agreement with the United States and our allies to be able to strike deeper across the border into – and attack those bases where aircraft are now stationed that are attacking and killing innocent men or women in Ukraine today.”

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