Jill Biden to visit Romania, Slovakia, Slovakia

Jill Biden to visit Romania, Slovakia, Slovakia

First lady Jill Biden will visit Romania and Slovakia from May 5 - 9 to meet with U.S. service members and embassy personnel, displaced Ukrainian parents and children, humanitarian aid workers and teachers, her office said on Monday.

On Sunday, as Mother's Day in the United States, Biden will meet Ukrainian mothers and children who have had to flee their homes because of Russia's war against Ukraine, her office said.

The wife of President Joe Biden will meet with U.S. military service members at Mihail Kogalniceau Airbase in Romania on May 6, before going to Bucharest to meet Romanian government officials, U.S. embassy staff, humanitarian aid workers, and teachers working with displaced Ukrainian children.

Biden will meet government officials, refugees and aid workers in the Slovakian cities of Vysne Nemecke, Kosice and Bratislava, as well as stops in the towns of Kosice and Vysne Nemecke, her office said.

Biden's visit shows support for Ukraine and neighboring countries that are helping Ukrainian refugees, according to top U.S. representatives.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House of Representatives, met Ukrainian President Vlodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday during an unannounced visit to Kyiv.

Jill Biden has also been closely engaged. In March she and her Polish counterpart, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, worked together to speed medical assistance to the frontlines of the refugee crisis sparked by Russia's invasion.

The U.N. refugee agency last week said nearly 5.5 million people had fled Ukraine as a result of unhcr.org en situations ukraine location? Since the beginning of the war on February 24, the number could grow to 8.3 million this year.

By April 27, more than 3 million Ukrainians had fled to Poland, with Romania taking over 817,300 and Slovakia absorbing nearly 372,000, according to the U.N. data.