WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Jill Biden will spend Mother’s Day meeting with Ukrainian mothers and children who ran for their lives after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a war against Ukraine, The White House made the announcement late Sunday.
The May 8 meeting will take place in Slovakia, one of two Eastern European countries the first lady plans to visit during a five-day visit starting Thursday. She will also stop in Romania.
The visit will mark Biden’s latest show of solidarity with Ukraine.
Romania and Slovakia share borders with Ukraine, which has spent the past two months fighting a Russian military offensive. Romania and Slovakia are also members of NATO.
About 5.5 million Ukrainians, mostly women and children, have fled Ukraine. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, since Russia invaded its smaller neighbour, on February 24. Many have settled in neighboring countries or relocated elsewhere in Europe.
During the visit, Jill Biden will also meet with US service members, US embassy personnel, humanitarian aid workers and teachers, the White House said.
After arriving in Romania on Friday, she is scheduled to meet with US service members at the US military installation Mihail Kogalnicuy Air Base near the Black Sea.
The schedule then takes him to the Romanian capital Bucharest on Saturday where he meets with government officials, US embassy staff, humanitarian aid workers and teachers who are helping to teach displaced Ukrainian children. The First Lady will travel to Slovakia to meet staff at the US Embassy in Bratislava.
On May 8, Jill Biden will travel to Koसिसice and Wisne Nemeke in Slovakia to meet refugees, humanitarian aid workers and local Slovakians who are supporting Ukrainian families seeking refuge in Slovakia.
She plans to meet with members of the government of Slovakia on 9 May before returning to the United States.
After her visit to Tokyo, this trip will be the first woman’s second overseas trip For the opening of the 2020 Olympic Games, delayed last year. The visit will also mark his latest gesture of solidarity with Ukraine.
Four days after Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Biden appeared at a White House event wearing a face mask embroidered with Ukraine’s national flower sunflower.
He also invited Ukraine’s ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markova, To sit with President Joe Biden during his State of the Union address in March, and had sunflowers sewn into the sleeves of the blue dress he wore for the occasion.
President Biden visits with refugees from Ukraine During a halt in Poland in March.