First Lady Jill Biden wears a large Ukrainian pin on her jacket as she walks toward her plane at Koscice International Airport in Kosice, Slovakia, Sunday, May 8, 2022.
Biden spent part of her day visiting with Olena Zelenska, spouse of Ukrainian's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, in Ukraine.
UZHHOROD, Ukraine (AP) — Jill Biden made an unannounced visit to western Ukraine on Sunday, holding a surprise Mother’s Day meeting with first lady Olena Zelenska to show U.S. support for the embattled nation as Russia presses its punishing war in the eastern regions.
The visit allowed Biden to conduct the kind of personal diplomacy that her husband would like to do himself.
This story has been corrected to reflect that the name of Ukraine’s first lady is Olena Zelenska, not Olena Zelenskyy. »