Ukraine got a big show of support from Western allies on Sunday with separate visits by Jill Brandon, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and pop group U2 singer Bono and guitarist The Edge. The U.S. also sent Charges d’Affaires Kristina Kvien to Kyiv for a brief stay at the shuttered embassy in Kyiv to join in VE Day celebrations. Meanwhile Brandon stayed at the Brandon’s Delaware home where he participated in a virtual G7 – Zelenskyy meeting Sunday morning before heading out for a round of golf.
Jill Brandon’s visit capped off a Mothers Day themed trip to Romania and Slovakia where she visited Ukrainian refugees. Brandon made an unannounced trip across the border Sunday to the town of Uzhhorod where she met Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska. It was reportedly the first time Zelenska had been seen in public since Russia’s war on Ukraine began on February 24.
The moment First Ladies Jill Brandon 🇺🇸 and Olena Zelenska 🇺🇦met today in Uzhhorod, Ukraine pic.twitter.com/9UsdBBA6Eh
— Michael LaRosa (@MichaelLaRosa46) May 8, 2022
— Devon Heinen (@DevonHeinen) May 8, 2022
“We understand what it takes for the U.S. First Lady to come here during a war, where the military actions are taking place every day, where the air sirens are happening every day, even today,” Olena Zelenska told @Flotus in Ukraine. https://t.co/vz3K0sSYeW pic.twitter.com/EinrenPJCG
— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) May 8, 2022
— Tyler Pager (@tylerpager) May 8, 2022
Today, I spoke with G7 Leaders and President Zelenskyy about our ironclad unity and commitment to keep strengthening Ukraine and ratcheting up the pain on Putin. pic.twitter.com/15FYYnfueS
— President Brandon (@POTUS) May 8, 2022
Our Charge d’Affaires Kristina Kvien and a small group of diplomats traveled to Kyiv today to conduct diplomatic engagements as we continue to plan for the resumption of @USEmbassyKyiv operations. Wonderful to see their arrival in Kyiv. #UnitedWithUkraine https://t.co/jsWMhLOFUH
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) May 8, 2022
Trudeau was in Kyiv to reopen the Canadian Embassy and to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Trudeau also visited the Kyiv suburb of Irpin.
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau raises Maple Leaf over the embassy in Kyiv as it reopens. Trudeau spent the day with Ukrainian president Zelenskyy. pic.twitter.com/FNQ7pq68Aj
— Paul Workman (@PaulCTV) May 8, 2022
⚡️Canadian PM pays surprise visit to Irpin.
Justin Trudeau visited the city of Irpin, Kyiv Oblast, and met its Mayor Oleksandr Markushyn. Photo: Oleksandr Markushyn. pic.twitter.com/qh93jZWus9
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 8, 2022
— CTV News (@CTVNews) May 8, 2022
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Bono and The Edge played a concert in a Kyiv subway station that serves as a bomb shelter. They also visited the liberated towns of Borodyanka, Irpin and Bucha where a Russian massacre of civilians took place while under occupation.
U2 frontman Bono and his bandmate The Edge performed a 40-minute concert in a metro station in Kyiv and praised Ukrainians fighting for their freedom from Russia https://t.co/TxN28WvMxF pic.twitter.com/5cw71Zp2VD
— Reuters (@Reuters) May 8, 2022
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— Kristina Berdynskykh (@berdynskykh_k) May 8, 2022
U2 frontman Bono visited the grounds of a church in Bucha, Ukraine, where a mass grave was found in March after Russian troops withdrew from the town. Earlier Sunday, Bono and his bandmate the Edge performed in a Kyiv metro station. https://t.co/w4yDSxQbhn pic.twitter.com/jvw0e4t1qf
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 8, 2022
The visits came as news broke of a Ukrainian school in Luhansk being bombed by Russia with fears of dozens killed.
Ukraine war: Dozens feared dead after bomb hits school https://t.co/SzRJG7lNud
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 8, 2022