Mother’s Day Surprise: Why Jill Biden Went to Ukraine

Uzhhorod, Ukraine

Jill Biden paid an unannounced visit to western Ukraine on Sunday and held a surprise Mother’s Day meeting with First Lady Olena Zelenska to show US support for the troubled nation as Russia continues its punishing war in the eastern regions.

Biden traveled under the guise of secrecy, becoming the last high-profile American to enter Ukraine during its 10-week-old conflict with Russia.

“I wanted to come on Mother’s Day,” the American first lady told Zelenska. “I thought it was important to show the Ukrainian people that this war must stop and that this war has been cruel and that the people of the United States stand behind the people of Ukraine.”

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