Who is Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska?

Olena Zelenska details war's toll on the Zelensky family in first joint interview since Russia's invasion

Stars Insider

23/05/22 | StarsInsider


Ukraine has recently been in the news for the worst reasons: the world is still in shock over the Russian invasion of the country. Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has been in the spotlight for not abandoning his country, and is often cited as an example of courage and resilience. But he is not alone: his two children and his wife, Olena Zelenska, are with him. 

In their first joint interview since the start of Russia's invasion, and marking three years of being in power, the President and first lady spoke about how their family has been impacted by the conflict, like so many others. “Our family was torn apart, as every other Ukrainian family,” Zelenska said, as per The Washington Post. “He lives at his job. We didn’t see him at all for 2½ months.”

They explained that they would mainly communicate by phone, calling each other while they were eating in order to feel closer to one another.  But when one of the interviewers from the Ukrainian network ICTV suggested the war had "basically taken her husband away," Zelenska replied, "Nobody takes my husband away from me, not even the war."

She added, “I can’t say that Volodymyr has changed since the start of this war, he was a reliable husband and a reliable man before, and that he remains." She continued, "His point of view hasn’t changed, the way he’s wired hasn’t changed."

When asked by his wife if the war had changed her, Zelensky replied: “You look beautiful [as always]." But beyond her beauty, who is the First Lady of Ukraine? Who is this woman refusing to flee her country during the war? Click through and learn more about one of the most influential Ukrainian women of all time.


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