President Biden recognized the Ukrainian ambassador to the US, Oksana Markarova, who is sitting in first lady Jill Biden’s box watching the President’s State of the Union address.
“Let’s each of us, if you’re able to stand, stand and send an unmistakable signal to the world, to Ukraine,” Biden said to the members of Congress, Supreme Court justices and members of his Cabinet attending the speech in the House chamber.
Markarova placed her hand over her heart and held a Ukrainian flag. The first lady leaned over to embrace Markarova as the chamber rose to its feet and applauded.
“She’s bright, she’s strong, she’s resolved,” Biden said. “Yes. We the United States of America stand with the Ukrainian people.”
Watch the moment: