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Jill Biden and Justin Trudeau unexpectedly visited Ukraine

Jill Biden, US First Lady and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unexpectedly arrived in Ukraine on Sunday. The American met with the first lady of the country, Elena Zelenskayaand the president’s visit coincided with a virtual meeting of G7 leaders.

“I wanted to come for Mother’s Day. I thought it was important to show the Ukrainian people that this war must end and that it was cruel, and that the people of the United States stand by the people of Ukraine,” Biden told reporters.

Jill Biden met the first lady of Ukraine at school in Uzhgoroda city of 100,000 inhabitants a few kilometers from the border with Slovakia.

Biden and Zelenskaya merged into an embrace, after which an American handed him a bouquet of flowers before a private meeting inside the school, which turned into temporary shelter for families fleeing the war.

The population of this Ukrainian city has tripled since the outbreak of hostilities due to internally displaced people fleeing the conflict.

Elena Zelenskaya, wife of the President of the country, Vladimir Zelenskyhas not appeared in public for security reasons since the start of the Russian invasion on 24 February.

The two women reached out to reporters after the meeting, and Zelenskaya thanked Jill Biden for her “courageous” visit to Ukraine.

“We understand, it takes courage for the first lady of the United States to come here during the warfighting every day, sirens sound every day, even today,” said the hostess of the meeting.

Jill Biden visited the school to show her support for Ukraine, coinciding with authorities condemning a Russian attack on a school in the country’s east that is feared to have killed dozens of people.

Initially, Jill Biden was going to go only to the border crossing between Slovakia and Ukraine, but Ukrainian and US officials gave the go-ahead to cross the dividing line, assessing the situation as safe.

Before crossing the border, Jill Biden met with refugee families at an emergency center in Kosice in eastern Slovakia.

This is the last visit to Ukraine by senior US officials in recent weeks since Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

In its turn, Justin Trudeau He traveled around different points of Irpin, accompanied by Mayor Alexander Markushin, according to the Ukrainian portal Ukrinfrom.

This visit coincides with virtual meeting of G7 leaderswhich will take place this Sunday afternoon, and in which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is expected to intervene.



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