In an interview, Olena Zelenska, wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Mirzelinsky, recalled the beginning of the Russian invasion in late February and described how she “woke up to an explosion.”
|In this photo from September 1, 2021, Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska attends a military ceremony in Arlington, Virginia. (File photo: AFP)
Olena Zelenska, the wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Mirzelinsky and first lady, has revealed how she felt for the first time since the Russian invasion of her country.
Zelenska, a 44-year-old screenwriter whose picture appeared on the cover of Vogue Ukraine magazine in 2019, spoke to the magazine again and described his life since the Russian invasion of Ukraine more than five weeks ago. ۔
She recalled the start of the attack on Thursday morning, February 25, and described how she “woke up to an explosion.”
I didn’t immediately realize it was an explosion Zelenska said. I don’t understand what it could be. My husband was not in bed.
Zelenska said she would get up to see Zelensky, whom she married in 2003. He was already “wearing a suit as usual,” but Zelenska said it was the last time he had seen her in a white shirt and jacket.
According to the first lady, Zelensky simply said that the war had begun
Zelenska said there was a “conflict” but no fear at the time, and Zelensky told him to “gather the necessary equipment and documents.”
Zelenska, the mother of 17-year-old Alexandra and nine-year-old Carillo, also revealed that she and her husband had already “discussed all matters” with the children.
“Children are very honest and sincere,” Zelenska said. You can’t hide anything from them, so the best strategy is truth. We do a lot of things that hurt, so not keeping quiet is a proven psychological strategy. It works. “
Zelenska recently published an article in the French newspaper Le Perezion in which she thanked the First Ladies of other countries and “all European citizens” for helping Ukrainian migrants fleeing the war.
The United Nations estimates that more than 10 million people have fled their homes in Ukraine since the attack. Of these, 4.3 million have migrated to neighboring countries and 6.5 million have become homeless within the country.
Zelenska wrote in March: “I want to thank all the European citizens who are now helping our people. Giving them a home. Feeding them. Encouraging them. Like us, you were not ready for so many traumatized people in your country
But the way you reacted deserves the collective Nobel Peace Prize. Ukrainians are wonderful people and they are very grateful. Our kids will always remember how you helped us
Seven people were killed in the Russian missile strike on the building of the regional state administration of Mykolaiv, Ukraine. 22 people were found alive. The building is partially destroyed – one section collapsed from the first to the sevens floor.#standforukraine pic.twitter.com/k8MYOGePaH
— Olena Zelenska (@olena_zelenska) March 29, 2022
Zelenska, on the other hand, in an interview with Vogue Ukraine, highlighted the issues facing Ukrainian women during the war. He described the plight of women giving birth or raising children in bomb shelters, adding that women living in occupied cities face a “threat of complete insecurity and violence. Is.
What would it be like to live in a situation where you can’t even wear your own clothes? How do you explain to a girl why she can’t sleep in her bed? This is a test you will not want anyone to have to go through