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GOP Lawmakers Steve Daines, Victoria Spartz Visit Ukraine War Zone

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Two Republican members of Congress travelled Thursday to Ukraine, the first U.S. officials known to have gone to the country since Russia’s invasion.

Republican Montana Sen. Steve Daines and Republican Indiana Rep. Victoria Spartz went to Kyiv and Bucha, two cities devastated by the Russia-Ukraine war.

“While meeting with leaders in NATO countries bordering Ukraine, I was invited to meet Ukrainian officials in Kyiv and Bucha and see firsthand the butchery and war crimes committed by Putin,” Daines said in a statement. “There is indisputable evidence of Putin’s war crimes everywhere — the images of shallow mass graves filled with civilians, women and children are heart-wrenching.” (RELATED: CNN Host Weeps On Live Air As She Reads The Names Of Children Killed In Ukraine)

“What we saw today was shocking. It was numbing,” Daines said, adding that he visited mass graves in Bucha, Ukraine, and saw investigators digging up the bodies of women and children.

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Bucha Mayor Anatoliy Fedoruk said Tuesday that 403 bodies had been discovered in the city after Russian forces retreated, but the number was growing.

President Joe Biden said Tuesday Russia’s actions in Ukraine amounted to a “genocide.”

Courtesy of Steve Daines

Daines said he also met with Fedoruk who showed him his home “completely destroyed by the Russians.”

“This war will not end until the Ukrainians have the lethal aid they need to defeat the Russians,” Daines added.

Spartz did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller’s request for comment.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded Thursday Biden will not be travelling to Ukraine.