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‘No one takes my husband away from me, not even war’: Zelensky and his wife meet for a cup of tea

‘No one takes my husband away from me, not even war’: Zelensky and his wife meet again for a cup of tea after being separated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

  • The kyiv leader has been away from his wife Olena since the start of the Russian invasion.
  • Ms. Zelenska had fled to an unknown part of Ukraine with her children, aged 9 and 17.
  • They appeared together in a pre-recorded television interview broadcast today.
  • Olena said: ‘He was a reliable husband, a reliable man before and still is’

Ukrainian President Zelensky met his wife Olena for a cup of tea in the couple’s first joint interview since the invasion of Russia.

Olena fled with her children, aged nine and 17, at the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

They have taken refuge in an unidentified part of the country, far from the threats of the invaders.

Zelenska said she was not surprised that her husband has inspired the world with his strong leadership and formidable resistance to Russia.

And she added: ‘No one takes my husband away from me, not even the war.’

Volodymyr Zelensky (left) and Olenska Zelenska (right) in kyiv on July 21, 2019.

Volodymyr Zelensky (left) and Olenska Zelenska (right) in kyiv on July 21, 2019.

‘I cannot say that Volodymyr has changed since the beginning of this war. He used to be a reliable husband and a reliable man, and he still is.

“His point of view hasn’t changed, the way he’s connected hasn’t changed.”

Olena, a screenwriter, said she wasn’t always the biggest fan of her husband’s speeches and didn’t have time to review them.

She said, “Sometimes he uses too many literary devices and sometimes too few.”

President Zelensky stood firm on the message, stating: “It was not we who started this war, but we will be the ones who end it.”

The news came as the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol finally surrendered to the Russian invaders and Putin launched a new assault on the Donbas.

In recent weeks, Russia has been forced out of the outskirts of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, in its fastest withdrawal since it was pushed out of the north and the kyiv region in late March.

However, they have regained some of the lost ground in Kharkiv and still control a large swath of the south and east, while the end of the fighting in Mariupol means that territory is now largely untouched.

The Ukrainian president and his wife Olena attend a state dinner in Tokyo, 2019

The Ukrainian president and his wife Olena attend a state dinner in Tokyo, 2019

The images shared today on Telegram seem to show the moment when a Russian Iskander-M attacks a Ukrainian position near Petrovskoye, in Kharkiv, while in the village of Vilkhivka, also in Kharkiv, and in the vicinity of Bakhmut, the images of the Fridays show flattened homes and traumatized residents as they returned to take stock of the damage.

Governor Serhiy Gaidai of the Luhansk region said in a social media post on Saturday morning that Russia was trying to destroy Sievierodonetsk, with fighting on the outskirts of the city.

“The shelling continues from morning to evening and also throughout the night,” Gaidai said.

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