US first lady Jill Biden pays surprise visit to Ukraine, meets Zelenskyy’s wife

Monday, 9 May 2022 (10:39 IST)
Washington: US First Lady Jill Biden met her Ukrainian counterpart Olena Zelenska in Ukraine even as Washington announced more sanctions on Moscow, BBC reported on Monday.

The two first ladies met at a school in the border town of Uzhhorod, which is currently being used as a temporary shelter for displaced people.

It was the Ukrainian first lady's first public appearance since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on 24 February.

Meanwhile the US further imposed new sanctions - including visa curbs on 2,600 Russian and Belarusian individuals - in response to the Russian invasion, which includes three Russian TV stations and executives from Gazprombank.

A senior US official said the new US sanctions would hit 27 Gazprombank executives. However, the measures do not freeze the firm's assets or outlaw transactions with it.

Meanwhile, G7 leaders who met virtually on Sunday said they have now decided to phasing out or completely banning Russian oil. (UNI)

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