Ukraine Aid to Be a Loan, Top GOP Senator and Zelensky Hash Out

( – On a visit to Ukraine’s capital Kyiv during the week of March 18th, American Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss possible options for the US to provide Ukraine with aid in their ongoing war against Russia.

While in Ukraine, Graham spoke to Ukrainian lawmakers, encouraging them to pass a mobilization bill that would allow more Ukrainian citizens to be drafted into the military. Graham also shared sharp criticisms of the country for allowing men under age 27 to be exempted from the draft, especially while they are so short of soldiers. The mobilization bill that Graham pushed Ukrainian lawmakers to pass would lower the draft age to 25.

Though Graham has been an ardent supporter of Ukraine, visiting the country several times since Russia invaded in early 2022 and repeatedly pushing for more aid to be sent, last month he suddenly reversed his position and voted against the $60 billion Ukrainian aid package that was going through the Senate. Graham noted that former president and likely Republican nominee Donald Trump was “dead set” against providing more aid to Ukraine unless it was a loan. The South Carolina Senator also shared his concerns about the US border, suggesting that no Ukrainian aid will be sent without provisions that help protect the American border with Mexico.

Graham released a statement saying that he informed President Zelensky of the situation in the US, including the “overwhelming debt” of the federal government, as well as the crisis at the southern border. The statement further added that the most likely path forward to providing aid to Ukraine will be in the form of a “no-interest, waivable loan” that was proposed by Trump.

Steven Cheung, a spokesperson for the Trump campaign, said to Fox News Digital that one of Trump’s top priorities in his second term would be to “quickly negotiate” an end to the war between Russia and Ukraine.

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