Ukrainian Officials ask the U.S. to not share photos of Zoom with Zelenskyy. Instead, two Senators do it anyway


Officials in the United States say that they are looking into possible deals whereby Poland could send Soviet-era planes to Ukraine in exchange for American F-16 jet fighters.

According to The Wall Street Journal, this would be one of the latest efforts to help Ukraine against Russia’s invasion. According to U.S. officials, Saturday’s agreement would require both congressional approval and White House approval.

This is just after Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian president, desperately asked U.S. officials to help him obtain more weapons, military assistance, and Russian-made fighter jets. Ukraine remains outgunned by Russia. Zelenskyy called for an end to U.S. oil imports.

It took place during a call with Zelenskyy, along with more than 200 members of the House and Senate on Saturday morning. NBC News reports that two Republican senators are now facing uproar over sharing pictures of that video call over social media – when Zelenskyy and other Ukrainian officials specifically told them not to do so while the meeting was in progress.

During the Zoom conference, Senators Marco Rubio from Florida and Steve Daines from Montana posted pictures of the meeting to Twitter, revealing that they were there with Zelenskyy. 

In separate statements, senators both defended the decision to share photos and said they didn’t share any identifying data.