Olena Zelenska gives the first interview: Ukrainians have ignored the psychologist but, now we will need
In the early hours of February 24, Olena Zelenska became aware of the sound of drowning blows somewhere far away. As she was waking up, she realized that the sounds she was hearing could not be fireworks. He opened his eyes and realized he was alone in bed. She jumped and rushed to the next room, where she found her husband, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, already dressed for work in a suit and tie.
'What is happening?' she asked.
'It started,' he told her.
"I had the feeling that I was inside a parallel reality, that I was dreaming," she says, showing how she had to leave with her children.
"It was a surreal feeling… like I was playing a computer game and I had to go through a few levels to get home then. I tried to laugh all the time so as not to panic in front of the children. "We just followed the security orders, we went where we were told," she said.
Three months have passed since that day. Today, for The Guardian, Olena Zelenska tells how she constantly heard the sirens, did not have her husband near her, but never took the children away from herself. Oleksandra and Kyrylo have always been with him.
As First Lady, all this time Olena although considered the number 2 target of Russians, after her husband, has been engaged in efforts to help the people of her country. Somewhere with food, somewhere with information in the Telegram, and today he says that as never before, Ukrainians need the help of a psychologist.
"Ukrainians are not used to seeking help from psychologists. We tend to ignore depression or anxiety. But now we all need to reconsider these stereotypes. And it will take a huge information campaign to prove to people that it is not their fault that they now need psychological help. This issue is necessary and will have its moment. "Because victory is first and foremost," said Olena Zelenska, who will have priority after everything is over.