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Zelenska originally embarked on a career in architecture, studying the subject at Kryvyi Rih National University, before changing her specialism to writing. It was at university that she met Zelensky (despite them having crossed over at school). Zelensky once revealed in an interview that while he knew many of his classmates he didn’t know Zelenska herself.

Like Zelensky, Zelenska has taken to social media to address her country during these frightening times. In a post on Friday, written alongside an image of a gleaming Ukrainian flag, she said: ‘My dear people, Ukrainians! I’m looking at you all today: everyone I see on TV, on the streets, on the internet. I see your posts and videos. And you know what? You are incredible. I am proud to live with you and in the same country. It is said that “many people are a crowd”; this is not about us, because many Ukrainians are not crowds. This is an army! And today I will not have panic and tears. I will be calm and confident. My children are looking at me, I will be next to them and next to my husband and with you. I love you! I love Ukraine!’

President Zelensky and his wife Olena Zelenska, 2020

Anadolu Agency