Ukraine first lady Olena Zelenska says son Kyrylo wants to be soldier

Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska explained in an emotional new interview that her 9-year-old son used to be interested in playing the piano, dancing, sports and other hobbies.  

Now, after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he wants to learn how to use a rifle.  

“He wants to be a soldier,” she told NBC News.

“Before the war, my son used to go to the folk dance ensemble. He played piano. He learned English. He of course attended sports club,” Zelenska told the outlet through a translator. “And now, I cannot bring him back to doing arts and humanities. The only thing he wants to do is martial arts and how to use a rifle.” 

The first lady added that she wants to make sure the childhood of her son, Kyrylo, “is given back to him, and that he enjoys his life to the fullest.”

Zelenska and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy have two children: Kyrylo and their daughter, Oleksandra, who is 18.

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