Jill Biden visits Eastern Europe, bolsters US support for Ukraine amid escalating war

Jill Biden visits Eastern Europe, bolsters US support for Ukraine amid escalating war

US First Lady Jill Biden is scheduled to travel to Romania and Slovakia – both countries have welcomed hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians who fled the war that broke out in their country after the Russian invasion – and will meet with refugees, workers humanitarians, US military and diplomatic personnel. The trip by US President Joe Biden’s wife, which will take place from May 5 to 9, is the latest show of Washington’s support for Ukraine and the countries that side with Kiev.

Jill’s schedule is set out as follows: Thursday, 5th, meeting with US soldiers in Romania; Saturday, 7, she will go to Bucharest next Saturday where she will meet with government officials, the US embassy and with teachers who work with Ukrainian refugee children, she detailed the statement released by her office. On Sunday the 9th, Mother’s Day, she travels to the Slovak town of Kosice and the village of Vysne Nemecke, where she will meet refugees and aid workers.

The appointment comes shortly after the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nacy Pelosi, made a secret visit to Ukraine and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who thanked him for the support he has received from the Americans. “Thank you to the United States for helping to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our state,” the Ukrainian leader tweeted. “The US government is a leader in solid support for Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggression,” he added. Pelosi’s visit provided a better understanding of what needs to be done to help Ukraine. “We are already legislating the initiatives that President Biden presented,” he declared in Poland.

On Thursday, Biden asked Congress for an additional $33 billion for Ukraine, of which $20 billion will go to weapons, nearly $8.5 billion will help Ukraine’s government respond to the immediate crisis, 3 billion to fund humanitarian assistance and address the global uproar over the price of food supplies resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a major wheat exporter. “These are recent and important steps forward in military and financial support to Ukraine … we are grateful for this,” Zelensky said in a statement from the Ukrainian presidency.

It’s not just Jill Biden and Nacy Pelosi who will be heading to Eastern Europe, according to US charge d’affaires Kristina Kvien, US diplomats who left Kiev in mid-February, days before the Russian invasion began, hope to return to the capital. Ukrainian before the end of the month. “We are very hopeful that conditions will allow us to return to Kiev before the end of the month,” she said during a press conference in Lviv, a large city in western Ukraine. “The priority is personal safety. If the security agents tell us that we can go back to Kiev, then we will,” she assured. The return of the American diplomatic presence in Ukraine had already been announced by Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, during a visit to Kiev.

The last week of April was marked by an escalation in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Faced with speeches by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, about the real possibility of a Third World War , the West began to meet to discuss new ways to help Ukraine, while Putin has increased his threats to countries that intend to help the East. European. “If anyone intends to intervene from abroad in the current events, creating unacceptable threats of a strategic nature for us, he should know that our response will be withering,” he said before the Russian parliament.

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