Volodymyr Zelensky ‘forgot’ to tell stunning wife he was running for president

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy "forgot" to tell his stunning out-of-the-spotlight wife that he was running for office.

Olena Zelenska, the First Lady of Ukraine, came from a similar career background to Zelenskyy and was a screenwriter before being thrown into public life.

The President and First Lady have had to weather the storm of politics together and were provided a morale-boost during Russia's invasion of Ukraine, with Zelenska posting an almost 1,000 word letter on her husband's official website.

The letter, addressed "to the global media" was published on International Women's Day and marks a rare public announcement from the usually reserved Zelenska.

In the letter, Zelenska repeated her husband's calls for a no-fly zone over Ukraine, writing: "Close the sky, and we will manage the war on the ground ourselves."

She also wrote of the "horrific reality" of life during Russia's invasion, writing: "Our women and children now live in bomb shelters and basements," and went on to name three children who had been killed in the Russian attacks, as well as newborns who "have nerver known peace in their lives".

The first lady had spent decades out of the spotlight before the war with Ukraine, with few public appearances in-between, The Week reports.

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One infamous appearance came as she voiced her worries of her husband running for President back in 2019.

Speaking to a local television station at the time, Zelenska said she was "'aggressively opposed' to the 'project'".

She said: "This is a very difficult move, it's not even a project, it's another direction in life."

Despite her doubts over the move into national politics, Zelenska stood by her husband, although she didn't learn of his presidential candidacy until it was announced on social media.

In an interview with Vogue, Zelenska says she asked her husband "why didn't you tell me?" to which the Ukrainian President responded "I forgot".

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