First Lady Jill Biden's State of the Union dress featured touching tribute to Ukraine in act of solidarity

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By Nika Shakhnazarova

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Jill Biden's State of the Union dress featured a sunflower on the sleeve as a tribute to Ukraine amid Russia's invasion of the country.

Since invading Ukraine last week following months of threats, Russian troops have attempted to seize the capital city of Kyiv, but have been met with staggering resistance from Ukrainian forces and civilians alike.

Putin's aggression toward Ukraine has been widely condemned by the international community, including with economic sanctions and NATO troops massing in the region.

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Amid the tragic chaos unfolding on the ground, Ukraine's national flower emerged as a symbol of resistance.

On social media, a widely shared video clip appeared to show a Ukrainian woman berating Russian soldiers, telling them to put sunflower seeds in their pockets so that flowers would grow after they died in battle.

The woman can be seen in the video allegedly asking the soldiers: "Who are you?", with a nearby soldier responding: "We have exercises here. Please go this way."

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After asking the men if they are Russians, she says: "So what the f*** are you doing here?"

When the soldiers try to calm her down, the outraged woman says: "You're occupants, you're fascists! What the f*** are you doing on our land with all these guns?"

She then proceeds to offer him the seeds of the sunflower, which is the national flower of Ukraine.

"Take these seeds and put them in your pockets, so at least sunflowers will grow when you all lie down here," she adds.

In a tweet, CNN's Kate Bennett reported that the first lady had the sunflower embroidered onto her dress earlier in the day.

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Jill Biden embraces Ukrainian Ambassador to the US, Oksana Markarova. Credit: Abaca Press / Alamy

Biden also wore a face mask embroidered with a sunflower to a Black History Month reception at the White House on Monday.

The First Lady has been vocal in her support for the Ukrainian people, taking to Twitter last week to share her solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

"Joe and I continue to pray for the brave and proud people of Ukraine," she wrote on Twitter on Sunday. "Our hearts are with our troops and our military families, including those who are stationed throughout Europe demonstrating solidarity with our Allies. We are profoundly grateful for your service."

If you would like to know how you can support the Ukrainian people at this time, click HERE to find a list of organizations and groups dedicated to helping those affected by this crisis.

Featured image credit: Abaca Press / Alamy

First Lady Jill Biden's State of the Union dress featured touching tribute to Ukraine in act of solidarity

vt-author-image

By Nika Shakhnazarova

Article saved!Article saved!

Jill Biden's State of the Union dress featured a sunflower on the sleeve as a tribute to Ukraine amid Russia's invasion of the country.

Since invading Ukraine last week following months of threats, Russian troops have attempted to seize the capital city of Kyiv, but have been met with staggering resistance from Ukrainian forces and civilians alike.

Putin's aggression toward Ukraine has been widely condemned by the international community, including with economic sanctions and NATO troops massing in the region.

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Credit: Newscom / Alamy

Amid the tragic chaos unfolding on the ground, Ukraine's national flower emerged as a symbol of resistance.

On social media, a widely shared video clip appeared to show a Ukrainian woman berating Russian soldiers, telling them to put sunflower seeds in their pockets so that flowers would grow after they died in battle.

The woman can be seen in the video allegedly asking the soldiers: "Who are you?", with a nearby soldier responding: "We have exercises here. Please go this way."

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Credit: Sipa US / Alamy

After asking the men if they are Russians, she says: "So what the f*** are you doing here?"

When the soldiers try to calm her down, the outraged woman says: "You're occupants, you're fascists! What the f*** are you doing on our land with all these guns?"

She then proceeds to offer him the seeds of the sunflower, which is the national flower of Ukraine.

"Take these seeds and put them in your pockets, so at least sunflowers will grow when you all lie down here," she adds.

In a tweet, CNN's Kate Bennett reported that the first lady had the sunflower embroidered onto her dress earlier in the day.

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Jill Biden embraces Ukrainian Ambassador to the US, Oksana Markarova. Credit: Abaca Press / Alamy

Biden also wore a face mask embroidered with a sunflower to a Black History Month reception at the White House on Monday.

The First Lady has been vocal in her support for the Ukrainian people, taking to Twitter last week to share her solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

"Joe and I continue to pray for the brave and proud people of Ukraine," she wrote on Twitter on Sunday. "Our hearts are with our troops and our military families, including those who are stationed throughout Europe demonstrating solidarity with our Allies. We are profoundly grateful for your service."

If you would like to know how you can support the Ukrainian people at this time, click HERE to find a list of organizations and groups dedicated to helping those affected by this crisis.

Featured image credit: Abaca Press / Alamy