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Ukrainian First Lady speaks from hide-out, begs for NATO help

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First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska spoke out Tuesday while in hiding, asking American women to welcome in war refugees and begging NATO to enact a no-fly zone as Russian forces continue their attacks on the country’s capital.

On Sunday Zelenska, 44, spoke to ABC News via messaging app WhatsApp for security reasons as she and her children remain in an undisclosed safe space while her husband remains in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv.

The First Lady started off with a simple message, reflecting the sentiments of many in Ukraine and across the world. 

‘I guess my message is very similar to the one the whole world delivers. Only two simple words: STOP WAR,’ she wrote.

The mother-of-two has been very vocal on social media, sharing images of mass graves and the destruction currently unfolding in Ukraine, calling on the West to step in and end what she described as a ‘genocide’

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She told ABC News that she fears for her husband, who has reportedly survived ‘more than a dozen’ assassination attempts since the invasion began less than a month ago.

At the beginning of the invasion, Zelensky admitted he is ‘target number one’ for Russian assassins in Kyiv – and that Zelenske, his 17-year-old daughter, and nine-year-old son, are ‘number two.’

‘As every woman in Ukraine, now I fear for my husband,’ Zelenska wrote. ‘Every morning before I call him, I pray everything goes well. I also know how strong and enduring he is. He is able to withstand anything, especially when he defends people and things that he loves.’

Zelenska then echoed her husband’s calls to Congress last week for a no-fly zone’ over Ukraine which NATO has rejected over fears it would trigger World War Three after Russian President Vladimir Putin said any country that takes action to help Ukraine with a no-fly zone would be considered ‘participants in a military conflict.’

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‘We ask NATO to close our sky on behalf of all the people of Ukraine, or at least provide us with aircraft so we can defend our sky by ourselves,’ Zelenska wrote. Mailonline

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