Olena Zelenska answers European pacifists who advise Ukraine to lay down arms

18 July, 05:40 PM
Zelenska gave an interview to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera (Photo:Corriere della Sera)

Zelenska gave an interview to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera (Photo:Corriere della Sera)

Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska has slammed European pacifists advising Ukraine to lay down arms, saying Ukraine is fighting not just for its own freedom, but for peace in the whole of Europe, as well.

“(Deciding to be) a pacifist when a killer with a gun is rushing at you would be the last decision in your life,” Zelenska said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera published on July 15.

“Just imagine that the Russian invaders have broken into your country, magical Milan or Naples,” she said.

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“(Imagine) that they have occupied the outskirts of Rome, killed the inhabitants of the suburbs. Their missiles hit Bologna residential buildings every day. And then lifeless children are taken out from there. And at this moment someone says: ‘Lay down your arms, do not resist!’ Try to talk to someone who has just killed your parents with a bomb or planted a mine in your children's school.”

Zelenska also compared Russia to a rapist and said that Ukraine was fighting not only for its country, but also for peace in all of Europe.

Corriere della Sera
Фото: Corriere della Sera

“I’m sorry, but to me it sounds like ‘come on, don’t resist during the rape’ or ‘try to talk to your rapist,’” she said.

“You must understand one important thing: the invader, like the rapist, will never stop if you succumb to him. He will go further. And who knows if he won’t reach you? I wouldn’t want that. By stopping the invasion now, the Ukrainians are stopping it not only in relation to themselves, but also in relation to Europe.”

Corriere della Sera
Фото: Corriere della Sera

Ukraine’s First Lady also touched on the topic of her family, admitting that she misses her husband, just like their children.

“What do I miss the most? It will be obvious, but I miss my husband,” she said.

Corriere della Sera
Фото: Corriere della Sera

“Reliability is his main quality, when he is next to me, I’m not afraid of anything. I don’t know what is the most difficult thing about being together: lifewith Volodymyr has always been easy for me. Our children are tired. They definitely miss their father. They rarely see him, albeit a little more often than before, at the beginning (of invasion). For the rest, they miss their friends and school. And, like everyone else, they have no peace.”

Zelenska said all happiness had been left in her past life.

“But I know exactly when I’ll be completely happy again, and I think you understand what I mean,” she said.

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