U.S. First Lady Jill Biden Crosses Border into Ukraine

United States first lady Jill Biden made an unannounced trip to Ukraine on May 8 and met Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska amid the Russian invasion.

Biden traveled to the western Ukrainian city of Uzhhorod and met with Zelenska, who has not been seen in public since the invasion began, in a Mother’s Day show of solidarity for women fleeing the war.

The first ladies held a private meeting that lasted for about an hour and visited a classroom at a school that had been transformed into a temporary shelter for Ukrainians seeking refuge from the war.

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

Biden’s Press Secretary Michael LaRosa told reporters that her visit was planned but was left out of the public schedule for security reasons.

Zelenska thanked Biden for what she called “a very courageous act.”

“We understand what it takes for the U.S. first lady to come here during a war when the military actions are taking place every day, where the air sirens are happening every day, even today,” Zelenska said through a translator.

“We all feel your support and we all feel the leadership of the U.S. President, but we would like to note that Mother’s Day is a very symbolic day for us because we also feel your love and support during such an important day,” Zelenska further said.

Biden’s trip to Ukraine came amid a four-day visit to Romania and Slovakia.

Biden became the latest prominent U.S. official to visit Ukraine amid the invasion, after U.S. State Secretary 

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