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‘Don’t get used to our pain’: Ukrainian First Lady appeals to the West

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Ukraine’s first lady appealed to America and the world not to get used to her country’s pain before being interrupted by blaring air raid sirens during her first-ever one-on-one interview since her country’s war began.

‘Don’t get used to this war. The war can be [happening] far, far away. Over there [are] some distant areas… But you don’t get used to that,” Olena Zelenska said, overcome with emotion, as she spoke to Robin Roberts of Good Morning America.

‘Otherwise we risk’ [having] a never-ending war,” she said.

Speaking through a translator, Zelenska sent the heartfelt message to the West as the war enters its fourth month, leaving a trail of death and destruction.

But the interview was suddenly stopped when the sirens went off, forcing Zelenska and Roberts to pause the interrogation and crouch down.

“Let’s hope it’s a false alarm,” Zelenska muttered, calmly and seemingly used to this new normal in the besieged country.

The sit-down interview resumed 30 minutes later, as the Ukrainian first lady seemed determined to expose the harsh reality of the ongoing conflict launched by the Kremlin in February.

Speaking to Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, Olena Zelenska sent a heartfelt message to the West as the war enters its fourth month

But the interview was suddenly stopped when the sirens went off, forcing Zelenska and Roberts to pause the interrogation and crouch down.

But the interview was suddenly stopped when the sirens went off, forcing Zelenska and Roberts to pause the interrogation and crouch down.

Zelenska, who has been married to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for nearly 20 years and shares two children, said she still vividly remembers the early moments of the war.

In the early morning hours of that fateful Thursday, February 24, Zelenska said she and her family were awakened by the sounds of bombing in the Kiev area.

The first lady said that despite the growing tension between the Kremlin and Ukraine last week, she was not immediately aware of the gravity of the situation.

“Well, I’d say at the time it was hard for us to understand the level, the magnitude of… [the] threat we faced,” she said.

“Because we heard all these noises, but looking at the damage that was done to the outskirts of Kiev, it was only then that we realized how fast they could move on, how fast they could get to the city.”

What followed were weeks of uncertainty and fear for all Ukrainian households, including the first family, who too divorce.

President Zelensky pledged to serve his country and support the thousands of military men and women fighting against Russian forces and divorced his children and wife to lead Ukraine through the invasion.

The sit-down interview resumed 30 minutes later

The sit-down interview resumed 30 minutes later

The first lady was determined to expose the harsh reality of the ongoing conflict launched by the Kremlin in February

The first lady was determined to expose the harsh reality of the ongoing conflict launched by the Kremlin in February

On the very first day we say goodbye to each other. And for the next two months, we only had the chance to speak on the phone. I’m really proud that the world has discovered my husband’s true identity,” Zelenska said.

Zelenska added that while it was easier to explain to her 17-year-old daughter what was going on in the country, her nine-year-old son wondered where his father was.

“I believe the children clearly realized everything from the first moment,” she said.

“My son, well, he tried to keep himself brave enough and brave. He kept asking about Dad, about what he does to defend the country.’

The first lady also spoke about the false sense of normalcy in some parts of the country and the ongoing threats in others.

“There is a very strange feeling because you can see people walking through the streets as if there is no war. There is an air strike warning or the signals that may be announced and some people are ignoring that,” she said.

Zelenska has been married to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for nearly 20 years and shares two children with him.  Above the couple pictured on May 17th

Zelenska has been married to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for nearly 20 years and shares two children with him. Above the couple pictured on May 17th

A rescuer walks among the ruins of a school in Kharkiv, which was partially destroyed by a rocket on June 2.

A rescuer walks among the ruins of a school in Kharkiv, which was partially destroyed by a rocket on June 2.

Two elderly women clean potatoes near a building destroyed by Russian bombing

Two elderly women clean potatoes near a building destroyed by Russian bombing

Despite ongoing concerns that the end of the war remains just a wish, Zelenska said she was incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from the West.

‘We really feel the support of the people coming. From the United States. It is very important because you feel that you are not alone,” she said.

When Roberts told him that Biden had promised to send more weapons and machines, Zelenska said, “I hope so,” and laughed nervously.

The first lady was adamant her country would not give up any territory to end the conflict, arguing the move would only amplify the Kremlin’s intimidation techniques and attacks.

“You just can’t give up parts of your territory, it’s like conceding freedom,” she told Roberts.

“And besides, I’d like to say that . . . even if we gave up our territories, the aggressor wouldn’t stop there. He would keep pressing. He would take more and more steps forward, more and more attacks on our territory.’

Zelenska added that while it was easier to explain to her 17-year-old daughter what was going on in the country, her nine-year-old son wondered where his father was.

Zelenska added that while it was easier to explain to her 17-year-old daughter what was going on in the country, her nine-year-old son wondered where his father was.

A boy examines the remains of destroyed houses.  As the city of Kiev tries to return to normalcy, the streets are a reminder that the war is still raging

A boy examines the remains of destroyed houses. As the city of Kiev tries to return to normalcy, the streets are a reminder that the war is still raging

A man walks through the streets of Kiev among the wreckage of Russian armored vehicles on June 1.

A man walks through the streets of Kiev among the wreckage of Russian armored vehicles on June 1.

On Thursday, Russian troops attempted to attack the eastern Ukrainian village of Berestove, which lies on a main road connecting the city of Lysychansk in the Luhansk region to the rest of the country, a Ukrainian general said.

Russia has conquered almost all of Luhansk, one of the two Ukrainian regions that make up the region known as the Donbas.

Russian forces are also trying to attack the city of Sviatohirsk in the Donetsk region, General Oleksiy Gromov told a news conference.

As the brutal invasion approaches its fourth month, the death toll among Ukrainian civilians has risen to at least 4,000, the UN said.

However, the organization warned that the true number is “probably considerably higher” and satellite images of mass graves in Ukraine suggest more than 10,000 people died in the war.

Ukraine has lost 20,000 troops, Russia claimed, but Kiev estimated the number at 3,000 as of April. POLITICS reported.

Zelenskyy’s country has claimed more than 30,000 Russian troops have been killed, although the latest figures released by the Kremlin in March put the number at 1,351.

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