Jill Biden speaks with Ukrainian refugee families

STORY: Refugees from Ukraine described to Biden how they escaped to safety and struggled to come to terms with the war launched by Russia in February.

Viktoria Kutocha, a teacher who came from the western Ukrainian city of Uzhhorod, on the Slovak border, was in the center with her seven-year-old daughter Julia.

Her husband is in the army and she has been able to contact him, but not on a daily basis. It was impossible to understand why Russians say they come to protect people but kill them, she told Biden.

Biden asked Kutocha how she explained the war to children.

"It's very difficult to explain. I only said there is a war and I cannot explain because I do not know myself."

Biden, who teaches English and writing at a community college in Virginia, is on a tour of Romania and Slovakia meeting U.S. servicemen deployed in the countries, and refugees.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting