‘No one will take my husband from me, not even war’ : Zelensky and wife reunite for tea

‘Nobody will take my husband from me’: Ukrainian President Zelensky and wife Olena are reunited for nearly three months after fleeing to a safehouse with their children when Putin invaded – and she tells TV chat that war has NOT changed him

  • Kiev leader has been away from his wife Olena since the beginning of the Russian invasion
  • Ms. Zelenska had fled to an unknown part of Ukraine with their children aged 9 and 17
  • They appeared together in a pre-recorded TV interview broadcast earlier today
  • Olena said: ‘He used to be a reliable husband, a reliable man and he will remain so’

Ukrainian President Zelensky reunited with his wife Olena for tea in the couple’s first joint interview since the Russian invasion.

Olena fled with their children aged nine and 17 at the outbreak of the war in Ukraine.

They have been hiding in an unidentified part of the country, far from the threats of invaders.

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

She added, “No one will take my husband from me, not even the war.”

Volodymyr Zelensky (left) and Olenska Zelenska (right) are pictured in Kyiv on July 21, 2019

“I can’t say that Volodymyr has changed since the beginning of this war. He used to be a reliable husband and a reliable man, and he remains so.’

“His stance hasn’t changed, the way he’s wired 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 dig through them.

She said, “Sometimes he uses too many literary resources and sometimes too little.”

President Zelensky stuck to the message, declaring, “We were not the ones who started this war, but we will be the ones who will end it.”

The news came when Azovstal’s steel plant in Mariupol finally surrendered to Russian invaders and Putin launched another attack on the Donbas.

In recent weeks, Russia has been evicted from the outskirts of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, in what was their fastest retreat since being evicted from the north and the Kiev region in late March.

However, they have recaptured some of their lost ground in Kharkov and still control much of the south and east, while the end of the fighting in Mariupol means that area is now largely unbroken.

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

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

Footage shared on Telegram today appears 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 nearby Bakhmut, images of Friday’s leveled homes and traumatized residents show as they returned to assess the damage.

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

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

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