Two First Ladies meet
Olena Zelenska's first public appearance since the war started
A school turned shelter was the place of meeting
A brutal war that must stop
Playing with displaced children and crafting
Who is Olena Zelenska?
In the midst of war
Hiding in Kyiv with her children
Putin's target
Olena Zelenska speaks to the Ukrainian people
'Our cities were full of life'
Biography of a brave woman
They have known each other since childhood
Marriage and children
Zelenska is an architect and scriptwriter
Zelenska didn't want her husband to run for office
A first lady with her own initiatives
Zelenska is very active on Instagram
Style
Support for Ukrainian designers
More than
Support for president Zelenskiy
Olena Zelenska and Pope Francis
Visit to the French president
One of the most influential Ukrainians
Zelenska asks for peace
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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(1/27)
Two First Ladies meet

The First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, recently traveled to meet the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(2/27)
Olena Zelenska's first public appearance since the war started

The Biden and Zelenska met up at a school in Uzhhorod, in Mrs. Zelenska's first public appearance since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(3/27)
A school turned shelter was the place of meeting

The two first ladies held their meeting at a school currently being used as a shelter for those displaced by the war.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(4/27)
A brutal war that must stop

The BBC reported that Jill Biden said she hoped "to show that the people of the United States stand with the people of Ukraine," Biden also called the war in Ukraine "brutal" and said it had to stop.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(5/27)
"We feel your love and support"

In response, Olena Zelenska called Jill Biden's visit a "courageous act" and said she appreciated that Jill Biden chose to visit on Mother's Day. Zelenska said, "We feel your love and support during such an important day."

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(6/27)
Playing with displaced children and crafting

The two first ladies then spent some time playing with the dozens of children living in the school and made tissue paper bears, a symbol of the province.

 

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(7/27)
Who is Olena Zelenska?

We know a lot about First Lady Jill Biden, but what about the First Lady of Ukraine? Join us for a look at the wife of the president of Ukraine.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(8/27)
In the midst of war

Olena Zelenska, the wife of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has become one of the symbols of resistance during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(9/27)
Hiding in Kyiv with her children

Zelenskiy's wife and children did not want to leave their country and until her recent apperance to meet Jill Biden has remained in hiding in a secret refuge in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(10/27)
Putin's target

From within the city, the president sends messages of strength to the population and the world. Zelenskiy has said he is Russia's number 1 target. That would make Olena target number 2.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(11/27)
Olena Zelenska speaks to the Ukrainian people

In a letter published on the website of the Presidency of Ukraine, Olena speaks of the struggles in Ukraine that started with the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(12/27)
'Our cities were full of life'

She wrote her letter at the beginning of March 2022. "What happened just over a week ago was unbelievable," Zelenska said. "Our country was peaceful, our cities, towns and villages were full of life."

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(13/27)
Biography of a brave woman

Zelenska's maiden name is Kiyashko. She is originally from the eighth most populous city in Ukraine, Kryvyi Rih, where her husband Volodymyr Zelenskiy was also born. Both were born in the same year, 1978.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(14/27)
They have known each other since childhood

Olena and Volodymyr met at school as children and grew up together. By the time they went to university, they started dating. He graduated in Law and she in Architecture.

(Photo: the couple with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during an October 2020 visit to Buckingham Palace)

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(15/27)
Marriage and children

Olena and Volodymyr Zelenskiy were married in September 2003. They have two children, Oleksandra and Kirilo, who were born in 2004 and 2013, respectively.

(Photo: Press Office of Ukrainian Presidency, handout)

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(16/27)
Zelenska is an architect and scriptwriter

In addition to being an architect, Olena is a screenwriter. Together with her husband, she founded the production company Kvartal 95 where they worked together on different projects. Before going into politics, Zelenskiy was, in fact, a well-known actor in his country (and also famous and loved in Russia). 

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(17/27)
Zelenska didn't want her husband to run for office

In various interviews, Olena has said that she was not thrilled when her husband decided to run for the presidency of Ukraine. Yet, she's always shown her support and been an active First Lady since Zelenskiy won the elections.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(18/27)
A first lady with her own initiatives

As First Lady of Ukraine, since May 2019, she has focused on several issues. Among them are adequate school nutrition, gender equality, mental health, equal opportunities, dissemination of Ukrainian culture and the fight against gender violence.

(Photo: Press Office of Ukrainian Presidency, handout)

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(19/27)
Zelenska is very active on Instagram

Olena is an active user of Instagram where she has nearly two and a half million followers. Currently, she is using the social network to denounce the tragedies caused by the war on Ukrainian territory.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(20/27)
Style

Olena Zelenska used her visibility on Instagram to publicize the causes she supports, but she also turned it (perhaps unintendedly) into a style reference. Zelenska's style was so much admired that she even starred in a story for the Ukrainian edition of Vogue magazine.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(21/27)
Support for Ukrainian designers

When it comes to fashion, Olena almost always turns to Ukrainian designers for her looks at official events. The First Lady's style is classic and understated.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(22/27)
More than "the president's wife"

Although she initially indicated that she prefers to remain in the background, Zelenska ended up playing a prominent role in the government. She has always shown her commitment to the country.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(23/27)
Support for president Zelenskiy

"I could go on living my life further away, away from problems and media attacks, but I decided to support my husband," she said in an interview with Vogue Ukraine. "It's not that easy for him and he needs someone who is close, to hold hands during official visits."

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(24/27)
Olena Zelenska and Pope Francis

In the photo, Olena is visiting Pope Francis at the Vatican, together with her husband, in February 2020.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(25/27)
Visit to the French president

They were also received by the Macrons at the Élysée Palace in April 2021. Zelensky went to France at the time to discuss Ukraine's possible entry into NATO.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(26/27)
One of the most influential Ukrainians

Olena Zelenska is a very important person in her country. She ranked 30th in Focus magazine's list of the 100 most influential Ukrainians.

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Olena Zelenska, the first lady of Ukraine meets with Jill Biden
(27/27)
Zelenska asks for peace

Olena never hesitates to raise her voice, even when trapped in a shelter, to ask for peace in Ukraine. She and her husband have wide support across the world.

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