Jill Biden, Justin Trudeau, U2's Bono and The Edge Visit Ukraine on Same Day


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.

First lady Jill Brandon (L) receives flowers from Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska on May 8 outside of a public school that has taken in displaced students in Uzhhorod. Photo: Susan Walsh/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

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.

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Trudeau was in Kyiv to reopen the Canadian Embassy and to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Trudeau also visited the Kyiv suburb of Irpin.

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.

The visits came as news broke of a Ukrainian school in Luhansk being bombed by Russia with fears of dozens killed.

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