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'This has to end': Jill Biden sees Ukraine moms' heartbreak

'This has to end': Jill Biden sees Ukraine moms' heartbreak

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Jill Biden heard heartbreaking stories Saturday from Ukrainian women with every one other accompanied by children who fled Russia's war with every one other accompanied by found protected from danger haven inside Romania, accompanied by one mother telling the U.S. earliest lady of a harrowing get away following actuality holed up inside a cramped, chilly basement accompanied by her traumatized 8-year-old daughter.

Reaching Romania "was a game alter for us," Svitlana Gollyak of Kharkiv, Ukraine, told Biden inside her native language throughout the earliest lady's tour of a Bucharest condition educational organization hosting displaced person children. Gollyak said her feminine child "feels a a large amount of better here. ... No additional tears with every one other accompanied by she adapted extremely nicely."

Biden told Gollyak with every one other accompanied by the other women, "I believe mothers will do anything for their children," adding that they were "amazingly strong with every one other accompanied by resilient."

Biden said her message to the families was "we stand accompanied by you." During a skill activity, she watched while the children scrawled messages on paper cutouts of their hands. One young Ukrainian girl wrote, "I want to return to my father." Biden subsequent told reporters the girl's words were "heartbreaking."

The earliest lady praised the Romanian management with every one other accompanied by reassurance organizations for the range of humanitarian assistance they are providing to refugees. At the school, the earliest lady — herself a teacher — saw how teachers are helping some of the roughly 900,000 Ukrainians who have fled to Romania since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.

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"Really, inside a a large amount of ways, the teachers are the adhesive that assist these kids deal accompanied by their trauma with every one other accompanied by deal accompanied by the touch with every one other accompanied by assist present with them a sensory power of normalcy," Biden said.

She added that she saw signs of hope for families who "felt that there was some building to their lives with every one other accompanied by they were getting supplies. They all realized how a a large amount of money the United States has been giving to Ukraine with every one other accompanied by to the displaced person circumstances with every one other accompanied by to Romania to support the refugees."

Most of the Ukrainians who have fled to Romania, mostly women with every one other accompanied by children, have moved on to other countries, nevertheless concerning 100,000 remain, officials said.

Earlier, Biden was briefed at the U.S. Embassy on the reassurance effort. Her pay someone a call to Eastern Europe comes while President Joe Biden is pressing Congress to go an additional $33 billion inside safety with every one other accompanied by monetary assistance for Ukraine.

Jill Biden called the show of solidarity "amazing" nevertheless too "just the beginning." She said it was inspiring for Romanians "to greeting all these refugees into their homes with every one other accompanied by provide them food with every one other accompanied by clothing with every one other accompanied by protection with every one other accompanied by present with them their hearts."

But she too cautioned that a a large amount of additional needs to exist done by the U.S. with every one other accompanied by allies to assist Ukraine.

"We're all hopeful, right," she told reporters. "We wake up every one earlier to noon with every one other accompanied by believe 'this has to end' nevertheless it still keeps going on with every one other accompanied by on."

About 7,000 Ukrainians cross the border with every one other accompanied by come inside Romania daily, said Pablo Zapata, the Romanian representative for the U.N. displaced person agency.

The United Nations, other agencies with every one other accompanied by the Romanian management are assisting refugees accompanied by food, shelter, education, health with every one other accompanied by intellectual health care, with every one other accompanied by counseling, among other services.

Biden asked specifically concerning the supplying of intellectual health services with every one other accompanied by whether summer educational organization was available to assist displaced person students catch up on their education. She said subsequent that "the whole world is seeing that we need additional intellectual health" assistance for the children with every one other accompanied by their parents.

The earliest lady is on the following day of a four-day trip to Romania with every one other accompanied by Slovakia, which shares a border accompanied by Ukraine, that is designed to showcase U.S. support for the refugees. Biden was scheduled to pay not here Sunday, Mother's Day, gathering accompanied by refugees inside Slovakia with every one other accompanied by visiting a border village.

Biden had lunch accompanied by Romania's earliest lady, Carmen Iohannis, at her private residence. Iohannis, who accompanied Biden throughout the educational organization visit, kept her position of employment while an English teacher when her husband took office, fair exist fond of Biden kept hers teaching at a Virginia population college.

The emotional yarn to Biden's day continued following she arrived inside Slovakia's capital. At her earliest stop, she left-hand flowers at a memorial dedicated to Jan Kuciak, a 26-year-old investigative journalist, with every one other accompanied by his fiancee, who were assassinated inside 2018. The instance triggered a political crisis with every one other accompanied by brought down the country's government.

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Associated Press author Aamer Madhani inside Wilmington, Delaware, contributed to this report.

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