Jill Biden Visits Western Ukraine on Mother’s Day Amid Russia Invasion

First lady Jill Biden visited western Ukraine on Sunday for Mother’s Day.

When Biden arrived, he attended a surprise meeting with Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska to secure American support for the embattled country. Biden noted that it was important for her to visit specifically on Mother’s Day.

“She wanted to come on Mother’s Day,” Biden told Zelenska.

“I thought it was important to show the Ukrainian people 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,” he said.

Zelenska called Biden’s visit a “courageous act.”

“We understand what it takes for the First Lady of the United States to come here during a war when military action is taking place every day, where airborne sirens are sounding every day, even today. We all feel her support and we all feel the leadership of the President of the United States, but we want to point out that Mother’s Day is a very symbolic day for us because we also feel her love and support during such an important day”, she added.

Biden, who is a university professor, and Zelenska met in a small classroom that has been converted into transitional housing for Ukrainian immigrants. They made tissue paper bears with the children who live in the shelter for Mother’s Day gifts.

During his visit, Biden also traveled by car to the city of Uzhhorod, near the Slovak border, and toured a border processing facility.

The visit was limited only to the western part of Ukraine due to Russia’s presence in eastern Ukraine.

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