Ukrainian first lady to Americans: ‘Do not get used to this war’

Olena Zelenska opens up to ABC News about Ukraine's future.
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LINCOLN, Neb (KLKN) — In an ABC News interview with “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, first lady Olena Zelenska of Ukraine spoke out about her nation’s future and the world’s reaction to the war.

“Do not get used to this war,” she said. “Do not get used to our pain.”

Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the first major European land conflict in decades, is far from over.

U.S. President Joe Biden recently announced a security package that will give Ukraine more weapons to arm themselves against Russia, ensuring a more sophisticated arsenal of military equipment.

Zelenska said she “appreciates the efforts” and believes that Ukraine will not willingly concede.

“It’s like conceding your freedom,” the first lady said. “And besides, I would like to say that even if we would consider territories, the aggressor would not stop at that. He would continue pressing. He would continue launching more and more steps forward, more and more attacks against our territory.”

The first lady also opened up about how the war has affected her own family and how her husband, President Volodymyr Zelensky, has kept their family and all of Ukraine hopeful.

“There’s one trait about Volodymyr that’s really important: He likes to change things around himself,” Zelenska said. “And that’s why I clearly realized that there wouldn’t be anything even closely related to the word boring.”

Standing by her country and her husband, the first lady said Ukraine must stay united and strong.

“I realized that I have to be strong, that I have to be courageous, that I have to support him,” Zelenska said.

Zelensky is on the same page as his wife, refusing to back down.

“Nobody is going to break us,” the president said. “We’re strong, we’re Ukrainians.”

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