President Zelensky said his 10-year-old son had been experiencing a lack of “warm moments” with his father during the conflict in Ukraine.
Survival expert Bear Grylls traveled across Ukraine to meet with Zelensky in Kiev in November 2022, for an interview that was broadcast on Channel 4.
The Ukrainian leader also said that Russian soldiers raped children in front of their parents and that thousands of children were “deported” to Russia from occupied territories.
He described the first day of the all-out invasion as the “toughest moment” in the fighting so far, and said that some officials did not believe there would be an invasion until the last minute.
Since the beginning of the war, Zelensky was often away from his family and told Grylls that his then nine-year-old son, Kyrillo, was finding it difficult to be separated from his father.
Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky (left) told Bear Grylls (right) that Russian soldiers raped children in front of their parents and that thousands of children had been “deported” to Russia.
The Ukrainian leader shares two children with his wife Olena, whom he met when he was 17, and son Kyrilo and daughter Oleksandra, 19.
President Zelensky said, “Sometimes, I have four to six hours to be with them (his family). It’s very hard for my son, you know, this age, so for him it’s a really difficult situation because he needs the father and we don’t have enough warm moments.”
But now ten-year-old Kirillo is also proud, ‘He’s in soldier form,’ said the chief. he loves it. He is always ready.
This war has changed our people and changed our children. They are not children, but adults.
The Ukrainian leader shares two children with his wife Olena, whom he met when he was 17, and son Kyrilo and daughter Oleksandra, 18.
In an interview with Bear Grylls, the Ukrainian leader accused Russian forces of raping Ukrainian children and deporting thousands, leaving occupied villages in ruins.
They raped children. They wanted parents to see it. So it was terrible and that was really shocking.
People always ask, how many people have been killed by the Russians and I always say no one knows.
UN experts accused Russian forces in September 2022 of raping children as young as four years old after a team from the Investigative Committee of Ukraine investigated alleged war crimes in Kiev, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy.
Zelensky says of his childhood that he “had a different dream every day” and did not want to be an actor when he was young.
Like all children, perhaps with more strength and speed because I was always running, so as not to waste time.
The Ukrainian leader shares two children with wife Olena (right), whom he met when he was 17, son Kyrilo, 10 (bottom) and daughter Oleksandra, 19 (top).
Zelensky said of his childhood that he had “a different dream every morning” and that he ran all over the place
The security forces that accompanied the President and Bear Grylls as they marched through Kiev in November 2022
Zelensky meets a wounded soldier. The Ukrainian leader explained that the war is taking its toll on his family to TV presenter Bear Grylls
Russian tanks burned. Grylls also visited Irpin, near the capital Kiev, which was subjected to heavy bombing in the early days of the invasion.
“I think every morning I had another dream.”
Asked about the “most difficult moment” in the conflict so far, he responded with deep silence before saying, “Day one.”
Zelensky added that the Ukrainian people responded with incredible courage and courage to the invasion in February
“Great, great honor. How strong they are, how really when the Russians attacked our people and the Russians thought that if they attacked more and more of our people they would be shocked and frightened, then our people would be shocked and frightened.”
“The more they fight and the more they attack us, the stronger our people will be.”
The President takes Grylls to a heating station, where Ukrainians still in Kiev can go to get warmth and electricity during the many blackouts caused by Russian airstrikes.
They share some chocolates with the presidential security team, who, after the interview, reveals that Grylls was suspicious of the sweet treat.
The couple shared tea from a heating plant in a public park but Grylls caused concern when he served Zielinski’s chocolates, as his security team worried she might be poisoned.
The president takes Grylls to a heating station, where Ukrainians still in Kiev can go to get warm and have electricity during a power outage.
During the early days of freezing weather last winter, he said, Russia fired 78 missiles in just two hours.
People never thought, as I do, that they could be attacked from the sky in the 21st century. It’s a tragedy, but people are prepared anyway.
He said that many of his personal friends, wives and families, who had left when Russia launched the total invasion, had now returned home.
Zelensky impressed Grylls with the strength of Ukrainians’ faith in their cause.
‘we have to. We have no other way, we have no way out, and we don’t want to live by their knowledge.
President Zelensky has become the face of the conflict, Grylls says, as he makes the long trek to the capital to interview him (Zelensky, center, with Ukrainian forces)
Whatever we stand for, we love it, and they don’t like it, they hate it, and that was never their home, it’s ours.
This really saved Ukraine. This position of the country, the position of the people.
Ukraine’s wartime leader said there was a “long list” of things needed for peace and added that he did not think the fighting would end until Putin was “alone”.
I think he will not come, because he will. You have to work for peace. You have to fight for peace. This is really the case.
You have to fight for victory. When Putin feels that he is not strong and that he is alone, peace will come.
In the hour-long documentary, Grylls can also be seen crossing the Ukrainian border with the security and filming team, placing his phone in a Faraday cage to stop the phone’s signal being tracked.
Chief Scout also visited Irpin, a town near Kiev that was a major battleground early in the invasion.
He spoke to a local journalist in Kiev, Elena Polyakova, whose father died in the conflict. She was sad and heartbroken that he would never be serious.
Bear Grylls interviewed a Ukrainian family who returned home and presented their son with a new Boy Scout badge (pictured)
Grylls gave Perimoha tea to be drunk on the occasion of the Ukraine victory by the family he met there
We will cry after the victory. It will be tears of happiness.
He also spoke to a Ukrainian family who returned to the country after finding it very difficult to live abroad.
He introduced the newest Scouting badge—the Never Surrender badge—to the sons of the family, the Scouts.
Grylls was given tea to drink on the occasion of Ukraine’s victory by the family.
Bear Grylls is an experienced communicator and has previously held discussions with US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Bear Grylls also spoke to a local Kiev journalist, Elena Polyakova, whose father died in the conflict. She said she was shocked he wasn’t going to be serious and she shed tears during the interview
Bear is one of many celebrities who have been invited to Ukraine to show their support.
The latest was Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom, who praised the “incredibly stoic nature” of the Ukrainian people and encouraged Zelensky to “win the war”.
The couple was seen in footage at the presidential palace in the capital, where they discussed humanitarian projects and reconstruction efforts to help Ukraine’s children.
In addition to Kiev, Bloom visited Irpin and Demdev.