U.S. first lady Jill Biden will travel to Romania and Slovakia this week to meet with Ukrainian families displaced by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The first lady will depart Washington on Thursday evening, arriving at Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base in Romania on Friday, a base for NATO response force troops.
She will meet U.S. service members at the Black Sea base, the White House said in a statement. She will then travel to Bucharest for meetings.
The May 5 to 9 tour will also include meetings with Romanian government officials, U.S. embassy staff and humanitarian aid workers helping to teach displaced Ukrainian children and support them and their families during the crisis.
Romania has seen the largest influx of Ukrainian refugees as a result of the crisis (after Poland), with hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians crossing the border into the country since the war began, the UN Refugee Agency said.
On Mother’s Day, the first lady will meet with Ukrainian mothers and children in Kosice and Vysne Nemecke, Slovakia, forced to flee their homes after Russia launched its invasion.
Almost 5.5 million people have left Ukraine since the Russian invasion, according to the U.N. refugee agency.
The first lady’s visit comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a surprise visit to Kyov on Saturday where she told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that the United States is committed to “be there for you until the fight is done.”
The first lady has also shown her support for Ukraine by wearing a mask decorated with a sunflower, Ukraine’s national flower.
U.S Vice President Kamala Harris visited Romania in March 11 where she thanajed Romania for helping thousands of Ukrainian refugees.