US First Lady Jill Biden makes unannounced visit to Ukraine


US First Lady Jill Biden made an unannounced trip to Ukraine on Sunday to show support for her people in the face of the Russian invasion, visiting a school serving as a temporary shelter and meeting with Ukraine’s first lady , Olena Zelenska, according to a pool report.

“I thought it was important to show the people of Ukraine that this war has to stop and that this war has been brutal and that the people of the United States stand with the people of Ukraine,” Biden said.

The US first lady also met with Ukrainian refugees in eastern Slovakia on Sunday, the last day of her tour of Romania and Slovakia to visit US service members deployed there as well as women and children who fled the country. Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Biden spoke with refugee families, volunteers and local authority workers at a refugee center in the eastern Slovakian town of Kosice, one of the main transit points for more than 400 000 Ukrainian refugees who have crossed the border with Slovakia since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24.

According to the United Nations, a total of 5.8 million people have fled Ukraine since Russia launched what it calls a “special military operation” in Ukraine.

“When the war started, we understood that no place in Ukraine was safe,” Viktoria Kutocha, a teacher who fled the western Ukrainian town of Uzhhorod, told Biden with her 7 year old daughter.

Biden, the wife of US President Joe Biden, asked Kutocha how she explains the war to children.

“It’s very difficult to explain. I only said there was a war and I can’t explain because I don’t know myself,” Kutocha said.

“That’s insane,” Biden replied, before embracing the mother and her child.

Biden, who teaches English and writing at a community college in Virginia, also visited a local school attended by refugee children.

“The hearts of the American people are with the mothers of Ukraine,” she said, wishing the women at the school a Happy Mother’s Day.

A woman there said she thought the children needed the war explained to them. “They need to understand why we are here and why we are getting help – why are we separated from our husbands. They need to understand what is going on,” she said.

Most of the refugees who entered Slovakia traveled to other countries, but more than 74,000 received temporary protection status in the country of 5.5 million people.


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