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Jill Biden to meet Ukrainian refugees in Romania, Slovakia on Mother’s Day

US First lady Jill Biden speaks as she visits the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Friday, March 25, 2022, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)
US First lady Jill Biden speaks as she visits the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Friday, March 25, 2022, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht)

US First Lady Jill Biden will spend Mother’s Day meeting with Ukrainian mothers and children who fled for their lives after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war against Ukraine, the White House announces.

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 trip that starts Thursday. She also will be stopping in Romania.

Throughout the trip, Biden will also meet with US service members, US Embassy personnel, humanitarian aid workers and educators, the White House said.

After arriving in Romania on Friday, she is scheduled to meet with US service members at Mihail Kogalniceau Air Base, a US military installation near the Black Sea.

The schedule then takes her to the Romanian capital of Bucharest on Saturday to meet with government officials, US Embassy staff, humanitarian aid workers and educators who are helping teach displaced Ukrainian children. The first lady will travel to Slovakia to meet with staff at the US Embassy in Bratislava.

On May 8, Biden will travel to Kosice and Vysne Nemecke in Slovakia to meet with refugees, humanitarian aid workers and local Slovakians who are supporting Ukrainian families that have sought refuge in Slovakia.

She plans to meet with members of Slovakia’s government on May 9 before returning to the United States.

The trip will be the first lady’s second overseas by herself, following her journey to Tokyo last year for the opening of the delayed 2020 Olympic Games. The trip also will mark her latest gesture of solidarity with Ukraine.

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