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“Our relationship is on pause” I spoke with Olena Zelenska, Ukraine’s first lady and wife of President Volodymr Zelensky, about how like so many Ukrainian families, the Russian invasion has forced them to live apart for so long. Full interview airs tonight at 6p CEST on @cnni 

How does Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska keep up morale as the war in Ukraine stretches into its fifth month? "We are trying to find joy in simple things-- maybe stroke a cat or do something simple. We all look forward for this war to end."

Does Ukraine's first lady and former screenwriter Olena Zelenska have any speechwriting advice for her husband? "My husband doesn't need help. He knows what he needs to say and how to say it. Sometimes, I, as everybody else, am too impressed!"

Ukraine cannot see the end of suffering - UA first lady 5 months of war forced Ukrainians to adjust their expectations. After readying for conflict they thought would be sprint, many are now grappling with likelihood of marathon, Olena Zelenska said-CNN

First lady Olena Zelenska says Ukrainians must prepare themselves for a "marathon" conflict: "We cannot see the end of our suffering," she tells CNN

Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska has revealed the brutal toll the war has taken on her family in a rare, moving interview.

Olena Zelenska opens up about her life, family and surviving war.

“When you see the appalling crimes they [Russians] have committed, you think maybe they really are capable of anything,” Olena Zelenska, Ukraine's first lady told Guardian

In an interview with @guardian , UA First Lady Olena Zelenska spoke about the situation of #Ukrainian  families during the war. 📰 📸“A fleeting interaction between O.Zelenska and her husband” Antoine D’Agata @MagnumPhotos  #StandWithUkraine ️ #StopRussianWar 

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Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska on being Russia’s target No 2: ‘When you see their crimes, maybe they really are capable of anything’


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My interview with Olena Zelenska from today’s Guardian Saturday magazine on her war, and on watching her husband turn into a wartime leader. With amazing portraits by Antoine d’Agata

Uzhhorod, UkraineJill Biden made an unannounced visit to meet with Olena Zelenska, the wife of the Ukrainian president, at a school near the Slovakian border. Zelenska has been in hiding with the couple’s children.

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“We understand what it takes for the U.S. First Lady to come here during a war, where the military actions are taking place every day, where the air sirens are happening every day, even today,” Olena Zelenska told @FLOTUS  in Ukraine.

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On Mother’s Day, Dr. Jill Biden calls on another First Lady, Olena Zelenska, in Ukraine: (h/t @scottdetrow )

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NEWS: surprise visit by @FLOTUS  to Ukraine and a surprise appearance by Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska, who has been in hiding since the start of the Russian invasion

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Olena Bilozerska, a sniper at the Ukrainian Armed Forces, announces that rumors of her death (spread by Russian propaganda) were greatly exaggerated.

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Olena Zelenska, UA First Lady: The war in #Ukraine  is a war on the doorstep of your home. Stay open, stay responsive. Stay on the side of peace and humanity. Then the victory of Ukraine will be your victory!

Olena Zelenska, UA First Lady: I want to bow to all of you - whether you are currently carrying a weapon or a child. Because you are the ones saving #Ukraine  and the whole World: this war is on the edge of #Europe 

Once a reluctant politician’s wife, Olena Zelenska previously admitted that staying backstage was where she felt most comfortable

“Most of the places where people hide are not really bomb shelters. They're just the basements of the building, so they are not very well prepared for any kind of bomb-shelling.” Olena Gnes describes her experience in Ukraine as she shelters in place in Kyiv with her children.