Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska has opened about the stress Russia's war has put on her family and marriage.
"This may be a bit selfish, but I need my husband, not a historical figure, by my side," Zelenska told the BBC.
Zelenska said the war has forced her family to live apart from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska has opened up in a new interview about how Russia's war on Ukraine has put stress on her marriage with the Eastern European country's president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and forced their family to live apart.
"This may be a bit selfish, but I need my husband, not a historical figure, by my side," Zelenska told the BBC in a report published on Tuesday.
Zelenska explained how she and the couple's two children, a boy and a girl, spent months hiding in covert locations after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
Even as the war continues to grind on, Zelenska told the BBC that her family lives away from Zelenskyy as he leads Ukraine's fight against Russian forces.
"We don't live together with my husband, the family is separated," Zelenska told the news outlet. "We have the opportunity to see each other, but not as often as we would like. My son misses his father."
Still, Zelenska said, she believes in her comedian-turned-president of Ukraine husband and supports him.
"I know that he has enough strength. For any other person I know, I think, it would be much harder this situation," Zelenska said. "He really is a very strong and resilient person. And this resilience is what we all need right now."
Zelenska — who worked as a scriptwriter for a comedy series that starred Zelenskyy — married Zelenskyy in 2003, 16 years before Zelenskyy, a former actor, was elected as Ukraine's sixth president.
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