First Lady Olena Zelenska called on the world, and in particular the United States, not to get used to Russia’s war against Ukraine, because if that happens, the war will never end. The President’s wife stated this in an interview for the American TV channel ABC, which she gave in Kyiv.
The conversation was interrupted for 40 minutes by an air alarm – this episode was also seen by American viewers.
“I really want the whole world, and Americans as well, not to get used to this war. Yes, it is far from you, it lasts long, and you can get tired of it, but please do not get used to it, because if everyone gets used to it, this war will never end. Don’t get used to the pain. And when you start thinking that there may be some reason for this war, it means that you are in the zone of Russian propaganda. Be careful, hear the truth,” she said.
Olena Zelenska also stressed that Ukraine is not ready to give up its territories in exchange for “peace”, as some Russian and world politicians suggest: “We are not ready to give up our territories. You can’t lose your territory and be calm in the future. The aggressor will not stop at part of our territory, they will not stop until they destroy us. So we have no choice – we must fight for our independence.”
The First Lady is convinced that Ukrainians will endure this war. But today our citizens are experiencing terrible tragedies.
“There are children who have seen their parents being killed. Here, in the Kyiv region, for example, there are boys who saw their mother killed and had to bury her themselves,” she said.
According to the President’s wife, Russian soldiers are resorting to destruction and violence, because Russia’s goal is to “destroy everything that makes us Ukrainians and distinguishes us from them.”
The First Lady also spoke about the National Program of Psychological Assistance to War Victims, which was launched at her initiative.
“The big problem is that Ukrainians are not used to consulting a psychologist, so we need a large-scale communication campaign,” she said.
In addition, Olena Zelenska noted the great role of Ukrainian women in this war, each of whom does her best for the victory: “I have always been convinced that Ukrainian women are the best. And finally the world will see the face of a Ukrainian woman.”