The First Lady of the United States wants to personally express her support to all women and children of Ukraine who have suffered from Russian aggression.
U.S. First Lady Jill Biden, who is making a 4-day trip to Eastern Europe, met with American soldiers at a military base in Romania on Friday.
She thanked the soldiers and officers for their service, especially now, when European countries are trying to contain Moscow’s aggressive ambitions and stop the war in Ukraine.
The base in Romania, located 100 km from the border with Ukraine, now houses 1,600 of the several thousand American troops sent by the Pentagon to Eastern Europe before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The First Lady of the United States managed to arrive just before lunch and, according to tradition, helped the cooks in distributing portions to raise the mood of the staff.
But the main event during the trip of the U.S. President’s wife will be her meeting with Ukrainian refugees who were forced to leave their homes because of the war in Ukraine.
“It’s so important for President [Biden] and for me that Ukrainians know that we stand in solidarity with them,” Jill Biden said before arriving in Romania, adding that “their resilience inspires” her.
Jill Biden timed the trip to Mother’s Day, which is celebrated in the United States on the first Sunday in May.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, more than 840,000 Ukrainians have fled to Romania, but most of them have gone further to other European countries.
Now there are about 80 thousand Ukrainian refugees in the country. In turn, slightly more than 380 thousand Ukrainians arrived in Slovakia. Most of them also then moved to other EU countries.
The First Lady of the United States is going to meet with the President of Slovakia, Zuzana Caputova, and with the First Lady of Romania, Carmen Iohannis, an English teacher.
Jill Biden has a doctorate and also teaches English at a college in Virginia.