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Ukraine's first lady says her relationship with Zelensky is 'off' because they couldn't see each other for long periods during the war

Ukraine’s first lady says her relationship with Zelensky is ‘off’ because they couldn’t see each other for long periods during the war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and First Lady Olena Zelenska.PressOffice of Ukrainian President / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

  • The first lady of Ukraine said that she could not see her husband, President Volodymyr Zelensky,
    mostly.

  • Olena Zelenska He told CNN That their relationship was “on hold”.

  • She said that her children could only talk to Zelensky on the phone, and that they were “waiting for their reunion.”

First Lady of Ukraine He told CNN Her relationship with her husband, President Volodymyr Zelensky, was “off” because they were forbidden to see each other for long periods during the war.

In an interview broadcast on Tuesday, Olena Zelenska Christiane Amanpour told CNN that she is not allowed to see Zelensky very often and when she does, it is only for a short time.

“But at least I can feel him physically next to me,” Zelenska told CNN.

“It’s not normal,” she said. “It’s not a normal relationship when kids can’t see their father and have to talk to him on the phone. So our relationship is just off as it is for all Ukrainians.”

“We… are waiting for our reunion, to be together again, to spend evenings together, to talk with the children about their things.”

Both Zelensky and his wife have refused to leave Ukraine since invading Russia on February 24.

In the first two months of the war, the family We couldn’t see each other at all. Zelensky lived in his office with his staff while Zelenska and their two children, aged 17 and 9, were held in a secret location.

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In her CNN interview, Zelenska said that the ongoing war, that moved away from Kyiv and intensified in the eastern Donbass regionIt had a great impact on the country and that it currently “cannot see the end of our suffering.”

“It’s very difficult to hold out for five months,” Zelenska said. “We need to pool our strength, we need to conserve our energy.”

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