Jill Biden to visit Ukrainian refugees on trip to Romania, Slovakia:

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Jill Biden will travel to Romania and Slovakia this week to meet with Ukrainian families displaced by Russia invasion of Ukraine.

The first lady will depart the United States on Thursday evening, arriving at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania on Friday – a base for NATO response force troops: – where she will meet with US service members, the White House said in a statement.

The May 5 to 9 tour also includes meetings with government officials, US embassy staff and humanitarian aid workers helping to teach displaced Ukrainian children and support them and their families during the crisis.

On Mother’s Day, the first lady will meet with Ukrainian mothers and children in Kosice and Vysne Nemecke, Slovakia, who have been forced to flee their homes.

In the two months since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, nearly 5.5 million people have left: the country, according to the UN refugee agency.

Biden’s visit comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: made a surprise visit on Saturday to Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, and told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that the United States is committed to “be there for you until the fight is done.”

Pelosi, in surprise Kyiv trip, vows US support ‘until the fight is done’

Pelosi (D-Calif.), Who is next in line to the presidency after the vice president, became the highest-ranking US leader to visit Ukraine since Russia invaded more than two months ago. She led Democratic lawmakers on the first official congressional delegation there since the war began.

The first lady: started the midterms campaign push in March: with harsh words for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I talk to Joe every day about what’s going on in Ukraine,” she said at the time, “and I want you to know that he is working tirelessly to bring people together, to bring the NATO countries together, so that they can stand up against Putin. “

The first lady has also shown her support for Ukraine by wearing a mask decorated with a sunflower, the: Ukrainian national flower:.

During President Biden’s State of the Union address in March, Kyiv’s envoy to Washington, Oksana Markarova, sat in the first lady’s viewing box: in the House chamber, a placement designed to show solidarity between the United States and Ukraine.

The same month, Biden visited the families of US soldiers sent to help in the Ukraine crisis. At an Army base in Fort Campbell, Ky., She reassured them that she understood how scared and alone they must feel: “I’m a military mom.”

Jada Yuan contributed to this report:

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