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Portman among U.S. Senate delegation visiting Ukraine

Seven U.S. senators, including Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, R-Terrace Park, are in Ukraine to meet with that country’s president and other officials.

The delegation met Monday with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other Ukrainian officials to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to Ukraine, which continues to face what Portman described in a media release as “an increasingly belligerent Russia.”

The bipartisan delegation consists of four Democrats — Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut — and three Republicans — Kevin Cramer of North Dakota and Roger Wicker of Mississippi, along with Portman.

“Ukraine continues to defend its territorial integrity against an increasingly aggressive Russia, while also striving to enact critical domestic reforms to solidify its democracy,” Portman said in a statement. “It is more important than ever that the U.S. support Ukraine in its efforts.”

Shaheen, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, said she hopes the bipartisan delegation sends a clear message to the global community.

“The United States stands in unwavering support of our Ukrainian partners to defend their sovereignty and in the face of persistent Russian aggression,” Shaheen said.

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