On Friday, Jill Tracy Jacobs Biden, an American educator and first lady of the United States, while delivering courage and gallons of ketchup, expressed thanks to American forces installed in Romania as a check against Putin’s violence for their services, as she commenced a four-day, two-country East European visit to learn about the migration catastrophe, caused by Russian military’s all-out brutal incursion of post-Soviet state of Ukraine.
Our troops at MK Air Base are living history, and I am so proud of their dedication to our country and their support of our NATO allies. pic.twitter.com/2E2Gw5zYZj
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) May 7, 2022
Jill Biden flew overnight from D.C. and landed just in time to help serve dinner at the MK Military Base in Romania near the Black Sea and nearly a hundred kilometers from the border with Ukraine. The Air Base is temporarily home to approximately sixteen hundred of the thousands of U.S. troops deployed by the American President to the East European region due to the brutal Kyiv-Moscow conflict.
Moreover, the visit marks the current U.S. First Lady’s highest-profile diplomatic engagement since Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. became the U.S. President, making a trip to the region that remained on edge from Moscow’s brutal incursion and scared it could be next. During Jill’s visit, she planned to hold a meeting with Zuzana Caputova, MPTP, the President of Slovakia, and Slovak and Romanian educators. Additionally, Jill Biden planned to meet with evacuees who have left the country since Putin-led military forces attacked its neighboring country.
Jill Biden greeted military officials from the U.S. and North Atlantic Alliance and helped military Commanders dishing up macaroni, baked potatoes, and cheese to U.S. personnel deployed there. Romania’s Military Base, which entertains military forces from America and its allies and partners, has approximately increased threefold to around twenty-seven thousand troops since Moscow’s large-scale incursion started on 24th February, and the FLOTUS arrived there with supplies in hand.
Furthermore, the White House said that Jill Biden would meet with humanitarian workers, government officials, and American Embassy personnel. According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, about six million Ukrainian people, the majority of them children and women, have escaped the Russian aggression. Several of them have relocated to bordering countries such as Poland, Slovakia, and Romania or have moved to other Western nations to try to get back to normal.
According to respective government numbers, over 0.85M civilians from Ukraine have relocated to Romania since the brutal incursion started, while about 0.4M have entered into Slovakia, a landlocked country in Central Europe.