Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., surprisingly went to Ukraine on Saturday with a GOP delegation to meet President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv. Video published Saturday morning in the United States in what would be the afternoon in Ukraine showed McConnell with a delegation meeting Zelenskyy and shaking hands outdoors in front of a building. [tweet_embed] May 17, 2022[/tweet_embed] Zelenskyy endorsed the "strong signal of bipartisan support for Ukraine from the United States Congress and the American people" in the caption of the video posted on Instagram. Others in the delegation with McConnell were: Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine; John Cornyn, R-Texas; John Barrasso, R-Wyo. "Thank you for your leadership in helping us in our struggle for our country and for democratic values and freedoms," Zelenskyy said. "We really appreciate it." [tweet_embed] May 17, 2022[/tweet_embed] The Senate GOP delegation was in Kyiv just days after the Senate had a $40 billion aid package blocked on quick passage by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. The deal stays on the Senate docket for next week. [tweet_embed] May 17, 2022[/tweet_embed] Newsmax correspondent Sarah Williamson reported Saturday morning the delegation is still in Kyiv as of Saturday afternoon local time. [tweet_embed] May 17, 2022[/tweet_embed] The Kentucky Republican said in the statement the delegation "reaffirmed" to Zelensky "that the United States stands squarely behind Ukraine and will sustain our support until Ukraine wins this war. It is also essential that America not stand alone." He added: "It is squarely in our national interest to help Ukraine achieve victory in this war and to help Ukraine and other countries deter other wars of aggression before they start." In his nightly address Saturday, Zelensky said he examined U.S. support for Ukraine and shrinking sanctions on Russia with the delegation. [tweet_embed] May 17, 2022[/tweet_embed] "I believe that this visit once again demonstrates the strength of bipartisan support for our state, the strength of ties between the Ukrainian and American nations," Zelensky said. CNN previously reported Zelensky has asked President Joe Biden to set Russia a state sponsor of terrorism. The Ukrainian President added that he "expressed gratitude for the historic decision to renew the Lend Lease program" during the GOP delegation's visit. Biden earlier this week enacted the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act. The new bill, which reduces some of the requirements for the US to lend or lease military equipment to Ukraine, passed with a bipartisan majority in the US House and Senate. Its sponsors said the legislation gives Biden much broader authority to help Ukraine protect itself against Russia and addresses how the US can get weapons to Ukraine faster.