Monday, September 26, 2022

War showed all Zelensky’s true qualities, says wife

Ukraine’s First Lady, Olena Zelenska, says the war with Russia has not changed her husband, but has revealed his determination to the world.

WARSAW, Poland — Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, says that the war with Russia has not changed her husband, but has only revealed to the world his determination to prevail and the fact that he is such a man. The ones you can trust.

Zelenska also said in an interview published in Polish newspaper Reszpospolita on Friday that she had not seen her husband, 44-year-old Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, since Russia invaded Ukraine.

When Zelenska woke up on February 24, the day the war began, her husband was already awake and dressed. He told her simply: “It has started,” and left for the office in Kyiv, he remembered.

“Since February 24, I’ve been watching my husband like you on TV and on video recordings of his speeches,” she said.

Zelenska said the couple had two children with her but did not reveal their location.

She accused Russia of trying to commit genocide against the Ukrainian people and expressed her sympathy with the more than 11 million Ukrainians who have been forced to flee their homes.

Poland has accepted the largest number of them, with 3 million crossing into Poland since the start of the war and 1.6 million Ukrainians registering for a national identification number, indicating that they will remain for some time. are planning. Most are women and children.

“I wish I could hug each of them. From basements or bunkers in Mariupol, from shelling in Kharkiv, from occupied Kyiv territory, and even from Lviv or Odessa, which were also fired by Russian missiles Were, it is easy to imagine that difficult path,” she said.

She also thanked the Poles for their efforts to help the Ukrainians, a message her husband also conveyed to Polish media on Friday.

The newspaper clarified that it interviewed Zelenska from afar, asking her if the war had changed her husband, the former comedic actor who united Ukraine as a war leader and gained worldwide respect.

“The war has not changed him,” he replied. “He’s always been a man you can count on. A man who will never fail. One who will last till the end. Just now the whole world has seen what might not have been obvious to everyone before.”

He was also asked if he had any messages for the mothers, wives and sisters of Russian soldiers. Zelenska said she didn’t, because “nothing gets through them.”

“During those two months, when his sons were being executed as criminals and occupiers in Ukraine, he had time to define his position. Since there is no such declaration – if the coffins do not convince them That there’s something wrong here—so I have nothing to say to them,” she said.


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