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Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zhelenska, gave a rare interview to her country’s newspaper, in which she appeared for the second time since the war began in late February with her husband, President Volodymyr Zhelensky.
Zhelenska has been kept in secret for security reasons.
“Our family is divided.As well as all Ukrainian families, “he said in an interview.
The reporter asked her: “The war basically took your husband away from you.”
“No one took my husband away from me, not even the war,” Zhelenska replied.
“But yes, he lives for his work, and so do we [su familia] We rarely see it. I have not seen him for two and a half months. We talked on the phone. Now there are some occasions when we see each other. I am grateful for this opportunity [la entrevista]It allows us to spend time together. “
“A romantic encounter on TV,” the interviewer said.
“Yes, a meeting on TV. I’m grateful,” replied the first lady, who has two children with Zhelensky: a girl named Olexandra and a boy named Girillo.
On February 24, the first day of the Russian military operation, Gelenska said he woke up to strange sounds coming from outside, “just like everyone else.”
“It was dark, and I saw that Volodymyr [Zelensky] Not on my side. He was already in a dress, but without a tie. I asked him what was going on and he said ‘it started’. Feelings can not be described … anxiety, dizziness … He said and left. We did not see each other for long days after that.
Next to Zhelenska, The President of Ukraine said that the outcome of the war in Ukraine depends on diplomacy.
“I firmly believe this. There are things we can not do without sitting at the negotiating table (…) because we want to get everything back and Russia does not want to give anything back,” Zhelensky said.
The war in Ukraine is about to end in three months, with no clear end on the horizon.
This weekend, the main Ukrainian negotiator, Mikhail Podoliyak, ruled out the possibility of a ceasefire with Ukraine’s regional concessions.
Bodoliyak accuses that this will allow Russian troops to stay in those areas and facilitate possible attacks in the future.
After the capture of the port city of Mariupol, Russian forces continue to attack the Donbass areaIn eastern Ukraine.
It is believed that they were preparing to take over the cities of Sloviansk and Severodonetsk.
This Sunday, Zhelensky extended Martial law Three more months in Ukraine, up August 23.
For example, the law stipulates that men between the ages of 18 and 60 must stay in the country to fight.
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