Ukraine First Lady Olena Zelenska Addresses World Health Organization

Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, addressed an assembly of the World Health Organization by video on May 23, outlining efforts to tackle the psychological impact of war in her country.

Zelenska, who was hidden in an undisclosed location for safety after Russia’s invasion began, returned to public view recently when she attended the funeral of Ukraine’s first president, Leonid Kravchuk, in Kyiv on May 17, alongside her husband, current President Volodymyr Zelensky. The two since appeared in a joint television interview, during which Zelenska spoke about being separated from him.

On Monday, Zelenska delivered a video address to the World Health Assembly, telling delegates that the war would stay with Ukrainians for years, impacting their mental health.

“None of the Ukrainians, neither an adult nor a child, can be sure that they will wake up tomorrow,” said Zelenska. “That the missile will not fly into his house. The doctor cannot be sure that his ambulance will not be bombed on the way to the patient.” Credit: Olena Zelenska via Storyful

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