Eight U.S. senators headed to Ukraine on Thursday

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A bipartisan team of U.S. senators will head to Ukraine on Thursday to meet with the country's leaders and to provide support for the nation as it attempts to re-organize and fend off a military incursion by Russia.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will lead the delegation along with Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill.

Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., John Hoeven, R-N.D., Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., are part of the delegation.

The group will return on Saturday, a McCain aide said.

The Senate is weighing a $1 billion loan package for Ukraine, along with the possibility of sanctions against Russia, which has seized the Crimean peninsula and will hold a March 16 referendum to annex it.

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