Olena Zelenska

sixth and current First Lady of Ukraine

Olena Volodymyrivna Zelenska (Ukrainian: Олена Володимирівна Зеленська; née Kiyashko, Кіяшко; born 6 February 1978) is a Ukrainian screenwriter. She is the current First Lady of Ukraine since 2019. She is the wife of President Volodymyr Zelensky.[2]

Olena Zelenska
Олена Зеленська
Zelenska in 2021
First Lady of Ukraine
Assumed role
20 May 2019[1]
PresidentVolodymyr Zelensky
Preceded byMaryna Poroshenko
Personal details
Olena Volodymyrivna Kiyashko

(1978-02-06) 6 February 1978 (age 45)
Krivoy Rog, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Kryvyi Rih Ukraine)
Alma materKryvyi Rih National University
  • Writer
  • architect

In December 2019, Zelenska was added in the list of the 100 most influential Ukrainians by Focus magazine, taking 30th place.[3]

On 12 June 2020, Zelenska announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19.[4] Four days later, she was hospitalized as the infection became worse.[5] Zelenska was released from the hospital on 3 July 2020.[6]

After the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Zelenska was seen as Russia's number two target. In mid-March, she was still in Ukraine at an unknown location. She released a statement saying the names of children killed during the invasion.[7]

References Edit

  1. правды», Екатерина БЕЛОКОНОВА | Сайт «Комсомольской (16 May 2019). "Инаугурация Владимира Зеленского состоится 20 мая". KP.RU - сайт «Комсомольской правды».
  2. "UNIAN: Main facts about Ukraine's next first lady Olena Zelenska | KyivPost - Ukraine's Global Voice". KyivPost. 24 April 2019.
  3. "100 самых влиятельных украинцев". Focus (Ukrainian magazine). 23 December 2019.
  4. Ukraine leader cancels meetings, trips after wife tests positive for coronavirus, Reuters (12 June 2020)
  5. Ukraine president's wife hospitalized with moderate COVID-19, Reuters (16 June 2020)
  6. "Zelensky's wife overcame the coronavirus, but problems remain". Ukrayinska Pravda (in Ukrainian). 3 July 2020.
  7. "Ukraine's first lady, decrying deaths of children amid Russia's invasion, pleads for international support". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2022-03-16.