The first lady of the United StatesJill Bidenvisited the town of Uzhhorod this Sunday on a trip to Ukrainian territory that had not been announced.
Joe Biden’s wife crossed the border from Slovakia at 2:41 p.m. and visited a school that is now used for shelter 163 displaced by the war.
There, Jill Biden has met with the Ukrainian first lady, Olena Zelenska, who had not been seen in public since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24.
Biden and Zelenska have embraced and the first has given him a bouquet of flowers. White House sources have explained that both first ladies have been exchanging correspondence in recent weeks.
"He wanted to come on Mother’s Day. I think it is important to show the Ukrainian people that this war must stop, that it is being a brutal war, and that the people of the United States stand with the people of Ukraine."Biden explained in statements to the press accompanying her on her trip.
For her part, Zelenska has grateful to Biden for his "brave act". "We know what it means for the first lady of the United States to come here during a war, when military actions happen every day, when bombardment sirens sound every day, even today."has pointed.
Both have held a private meeting after this meeting with the press and then they have visited a classroom where 15 children made crafts. Biden has since returned to Slovakia.
The Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, thanked the support in the form of weapons and economic aid, but has repeatedly invited Biden to visit the country as a gesture in the face of the Russian military offensive. Washington has ruled out her visit for the moment, but this trip by Jill Biden is a boost for kyiv.
Ukraine was also visited this Sunday by the first Canadian Minister Justin Trudeau. Specifically, he has been in the Ukrainian town of Irpin, on the outskirts of kyiv, on a surprise trip reported by the mayor of Irpin, Oleksandr Markushin, through his Facebook account.
They are also in Ukraine director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Ghebreyesus, or Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who is scheduled to meet with the Ukrainian president.