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Ukraine’s first lady in rare interview – Day 115 of war

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ES. Brussels, June 18, 2022

In more peaceful times

The London Guardian has published a rareinterview with the wife of President Zelensky. She describes the moment the unthinkable invasion began, and what living inside a “parallel reality” has been like:

“In the early hours of 24 February, Olena Zelenska became aware of the sound of muffled booms somewhere in the distance. As she drifted towards wakefulness, she realised the sounds she was registering could not be fireworks. Her eyes snapped open; she discovered she was alone in the bed. She jumped up and hurried to the next room, where she found her husband, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy, already dressed for work in a suit and tie.

“What’s going on?” she asked him.

“It’s started,” he told her…

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