Who is Volodymyr Zelenskyy's wife? Ukraine prez says Russia will target First Lady and family
Olena Zelenska, Ukraine's first lady, addressed her countrymen saying: 'My children are looking at me. I will be next to them. And next to my husband. And with you'
As the Ukraine-Russia crisis is getting worse, people around the world are hooked to news channels and sites to get the latest updates. Online searches for Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy has also increased, who famously became the leader in 2019 after beating then-President Petro Poroshenko, cornering 73% of the votes, leaving a mere 25% for Poroshenko.
Reportedly, Volodymyr was a comedian before trying out his luck in politics and decided to run for the presidency. A report said that during his election campaign, the 44-year-old “avoided discussing serious issues and relied on posting light-hearted comic videos on social media as part of his canvassing plan,” and surprisingly managed to win people’s hearts too.
Who is Volodymyr Zelenskyy's wife?
Volodymyr Zelenskyy's wife is Olena Zelenska, who is also 44 years old. The pair exchanged vows in September 2003 and are now parents of two kids – a son named Kiril Zelenskiy and a daughter named Aleksandra Zelenskaya. Apart from being a wife and a mother, Olena is also Ukraine's first lady and reportedly takes her role very seriously.
During a 2021 interview when she visited Washington, DC, in August of that year, she had said: “From the moment I became First Lady of Ukraine, I realized the role I could play in supporting humanitarian causes, as social causes have been a passion of mine throughout my career. One of the things I’ve done throughout my time as First Lady, is to learn through my engagement with other First Ladies around the world, from France to Israel and Canada to Japan, and many others.”
In the same interview, she also claimed that among several issues, "child nutrition and its connection to both health and education" were closer to her heart. She noted, “It is why I held a roundtable with Ukraine’s ministries to develop a new school nutrition program that better serves Ukraine’s students. They can improve their health so that they can improve their learning,” before adding, “Equal opportunity is also a focus of my work and the agenda has many parts. One is gender equality.”
Born in Kryvyi Rih, she has a master’s from the Kryvyi Rih Economic Institute with a major in Architecture. Volodymyr is also quite active on social media. Her latest post on Instagram, which is followed by more than a million people, showed a flag of Ukraine with a caption that read: “My dear people! Ukrainians! I'm looking at you all today. Everyone I see on TV, on the streets, on the Internet. I see your posts and videos. And you know what? You are incredible! I am proud to live with you in the same country!"
She added: "It is said that many people are a crowd. This is not about us. Because many Ukrainians are not crowds. This is an army! And today I will not have panic and tears. I will be calm and confident. My children are looking at me. I will be next to them. And next to my husband. And with you. Love you! I love Ukraine!”