Jill Biden makes a Mother’s Day visit to Ukraine : NPR


First Woman Jill Biden is in Ukraine proper now and has met with the nation’s first woman, Olena Zelenska.

It is the primary time a U.S. first woman has traveled solo to a fight zone since 2015, when Michelle Obama visited Qatar’s al-Udeid Air Base.

Biden crossed the Slovakia-Ukraine border after a go to to the Slovakia facet of a border crossing in Vysne Nemecke.

She is within the metropolis of Uzhhorod, in Zakarpattia Oblast within the southwest nook of Ukraine.

Zelenska, the spouse of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has been in hiding together with their kids for the reason that starting of the battle.

This was the primary time for the reason that battle started that Zelenska had emerged in public.

Biden and Zelenska met at a faculty that has been transformed right into a shelter for internally displaced Ukrainians.

Zelenska stepped out of a black SUV guarded by a Ukrainian soldier. Biden handed her flowers, and the 2 hugged.

They then met in a small facet room behind closed doorways for greater than an hour.

When touring press had been briefly introduced in, Biden stated, “I wished to come back on Mom’s Day. We thought it was essential to point out the Ukrainian folks that this battle has to cease, and this battle has been brutal. And the folks of the US stand with the folks of Ukraine.”

“We really feel it,” Zelenska responded.

“To start with, I wish to thanks for a really brave act,” Zelenska continued. “As a result of we perceive what it takes for the U.S. first woman to come back right here throughout a battle when the navy actions are going down daily, the place the air sirens are occurring daily even right now.”

“All of us really feel your help, and all of us really feel the management of the U.S. president, however we wish to observe that the Mom’s Day is a really symbolic day for us as a result of we additionally really feel your love and help throughout such an essential day.”

Biden had beforehand exchanged correspondence with Zelenska, based on U.S. officers.

The primary woman’s go to to Ukraine was not introduced forward of time, and was not on Biden’s public schedule. Biden’s motorcade was pared down for the drive into Ukraine, and several other staffers (and a few touring reporters) stayed behind in Slovakia.


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