Jul 19, 2022 - World

Jill Biden meets with Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska at White House

U.S. first lady Jill Biden, first lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska and U.S. President Joe Biden pose for photos

U.S. first lady Jill Biden (left), first lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska and President Biden pose for photos outside the White House. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

First lady Jill Biden welcomed her Ukrainian counterpart, Olena Zelenska, for a meeting at the White House on Tuesday.

Driving the news: Zelenska is in the U.S. this week, meeting with various U.S. officials before giving a planned address to Congress on Wednesday.

  • The two first ladies "will discuss the United States' continued support for the government of Ukraine and its people as they defend their democracy and cope with the significant human impacts of Russia's war, which will be felt for years to come," the White House said ahead of the visit.
  • On Monday, Zelenska met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement that Blinken emphasized during his meeting with Zelenska the U.S. "commitment to support Ukraine's victory."

Flashback: Jill Biden first met Zelenska in May when the U.S. first lady made an unannounced visit to Ukraine on Mother’s Day.

  • Welcoming Zelenska to the White House on Tuesday, the U.S. first lady said: “One of the things that I said when I came back was you cannot go into a war zone and come back and not feel the sorrow and pain.”
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