The first lady of Ukraine spoke frankly in an interview with The Guardian about her husband and how normal life turned upside down for her family and country

Elena Zelenskaya spoke about the family to The Guardian journalists

Elena Zelenskaya spoke about the family to The Guardian journalists / Photo: Collage: Today

Elena Zelenskaya frankly told British journalists The Guardian about the first days of the war in Ukraine and how she tried to smile so as not to cause panic in children.

It was a surreal feeling… like I was playing a computer game and had to complete certain levels to be back at home. But I also kept myself in control, I had a strange smile on my face all day, because I tried not to show the children the panic. We just followed the orders of the security service, went where we were told,” explained the first lady of Ukraine.

Elena Zelenskaya for The Guardian

Elena Zelenskaya for The Guardian / Photo: The Guardian

Elena said that on the evening of February 24 she managed to see her husband. They hugged, but then there was no time for tears and sentiment. It was hard for her to realize that she might never see her husband again.

Journalists noted that the interview with Zelenskaya was held in strict secrecy, with searches and with the obligatory presence of security guards. Such is the reality of being the number two target for Putin and his collaborators.

Elena Zelenskaya for The Guardian

Elena Zelenskaya for The Guardian / Photo: The Guardian

The world media tried in every possible way to find out exactly where the president’s family was and what benefits of civilization were available to them. Of course, all this information is kept in the strictest confidence, since Vladimir can be put under pressure with the help of his relatives and family.

I see you are trying to get some clues from me. Yes, we had a TV. I was neither underground nor under water,” Zelenskaya answered the journalist with a smile.

Elena Zelenskaya for The Guardian

Elena Zelenskaya for The Guardian / Photo: The Guardian

In the conversation, Elena also noted how the war had affected her children.

My son said to me: “Mom, you know, I just want to see my friends. I haven’t seen them for so long. For three months I only play with dogs and bodyguards.”

Her daughter continues her studies and hopes to go to university in September, but she, like millions of Ukrainians, missed school because of the war.

The first lady avoids questions from journalists about where she lives now, noting that she has the opportunity to at least see her husband. They still can’t be together for safety reasons.

Elena Zelenskaya for The Guardian

Elena Zelenskaya for The Guardian / Photo: The Guardian

She described their first meeting after so many weeks in restrained terms.

We hugged, said hello and asked each other how we were doing. The children were here, and for a while they clung to him. Now we can see each other and they can physically touch their father, it makes life a bit easier.

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