In an interview granted this Tuesday, March 22 to Le Parisien, the first Ukrainian lady Olena Zelenska confided for the first time on the situation in the country. She also looks back on the rescue operation for sick children carried out jointly with Brigitte Macron and Agata Kornhauser-Duda, the wife of the Polish president.
Head of state turned warlord, Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky has been on all fronts since the start of the conflict. Especially that of communication. But this Tuesday, March 22, it was his companion, Olena Zelenska, who came out of silence in an interview with our colleagues from the Parisian.
A rescue operation to exfiltrate sick children
The first Ukrainian lady speaks for the first time in the European press since the beginning of the Russian invasion. “Every day you have to call all your loved ones. Are they alive? If the messages show as read, there is still hope that they have a bit of a network, that they are alive”, says Olena Zelenska.
For several days, she has been working hand in hand with Brigitte Macron and Agata Kornhauser-Duda, the wife of the Polish president, to evacuate hundreds of children sick with cancer. The operation was dubbed the “convoys of life”. “A real rescue operation. (…) Cancer is a personal war for each family concerned. They have to fight on two fronts”.
“They came for the extermination of the people”
In this interview, Olena Zelenska welcomes the reaction of European countries to the Ukrainian crisis. “This is worth the collective Nobel Peace Prize! Our children will never forget what you do”, can we read this Tuesday in The Parisian. It is also addressed to the mothers of Russian soldiers. “Your sons are killing civilians in Ukraine. They did not come for a special operation. They came for the extermination of the people.”