Graham also urged the Biden administration to increase its aid and Zelensky thanked the US for its decision to support an international fighter jet coalition that would provide Ukraine with eagerly anticipated F-16 jets.
The Republican senator’s shocking comments were made during his third visit to Ukraine since the Russian invasion last year. America has provided more than $70 billion in aid so far, according to the Ukraine Support Tracker.
Shortly after his visit, the Russian ambassador in London warned that continued support from the West would result in an escalation.
US Senator Lindsey Graham made his third visit to Ukraine since it was invaded by Russia last February. He is pictured meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday
Andriy Yermak, the head of the president’s office, released footage of Graham’s May 26 meeting with Zelensky. In a tweet he thanked Graham for coming to Ukraine and for the military support.
The video showed the South Carolina state senator sitting with the president and other officials as they discussed the ongoing war and the situation on the front line.
‘Free or die,’ said Zelensky. ‘Now you are free, and we will be.’
‘And the Russians are dying,’ replied Graham, before the video cut to him saying, ‘the best money we’ve ever spent.’
‘Thank you so much,’ said the Ukrainian president.
According to Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin, during the meeting they also discussed ‘continued joint efforts to counter the criminal activities of the Wagner Group,’ and ‘the possibility of redirecting the $5.4 million confiscated Russian oligarchs’ assets’ to rehabilitate Ukrainian war veterans.’
Graham said that ‘Russians were dying’ and ‘it’s the best money we’ve ever spent. After the meeting he urged the Biden administration to direct more aid to Ukraine
Graham said that in the upcoming counteroffensive the Russian military would have ‘holy hell’ unleashed upon them
In a tweet on Friday Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin said he was ‘deeply grateful’ for Lindsay’s support
During a press conference later in Graham’s trip to Kyiv, he urged the Biden administration to supply Ukraine with more weapons.
He also said that the battle for Bakhmut was not over and that history was about to be written.
‘I expect in the coming days and weeks for the Ukrainian counteroffensive to yield results, and I’m here to tell you that the last chapter of the battle of Bakhmut is yet to be written,’ said Graham.
‘I’m here to tell you that the Russian military is about to have holy hell unleashed upon them,’ he added. A battle has been raging for months in Bakhmut and Moscow has claimed that it has taken control of swathes of the city.
Graham also warned that failure by the US to provide enough support would send a signal to China that they could similarly invade Ukraine.
‘The F-16 will matter. It is not a magic weapon but combined with other weapons, it will be decisive,’ said Graham.
‘My message to the Biden administration is, “I appreciate what you have done, you need to do more.” I am convinced that there will be bipartisan support to provide more weapons that can turn the tide of battle in the upcoming offensive,’ he said.
Andrei Kelin (left) told BBC ‘s Laura Kuenssberg (right) on Sunday that the actions of NATO countries risk lengthening and triggering a ‘new dimension’ in the war
Russia’s ambassador to the UK last week warned of an escalation to the war in Ukraine as Western allies commit more weapons to assist in its latest offensive.
Andrei Kelin said the actions of NATO countries risked lengthening and triggering a ‘new dimension’ in the war.
He said Russia has ‘enormous resources’ and despite the war already raging for over a year, he claimed his country had not yet started to ‘act very seriously’.
The ambassador also hit back at the widespread mounting evidence of Russia’s war crimes, alleging Ukraine was the one committing war crimes. He then said the United Nations had no power to investigate war crimes.
His remarks come after Kyiv was subjected to the largest drone attack since the start of the war overnight, local officials said.