The battle is getting brutal every day as Russia battles it out against Ukraine and vice-versa. As of now, the world’s attention has turned to this amazing couple, who have amazed and moved us all with their resolve, patriotism, and bravery. They have also drawn us into their epic love story, which has been going on for 27 years! This is how they’ve always shown how much they love each other on social media.
Olena wrote about a ‘real man’ who made her ‘butterflies’ and made her whole in a post in January 2020. “When they were apart, she felt his presence and their shared dreams made her feel safe. Always interesting, but never calm. A real man will make her feel that way”, she says. She also says that he’s the person you can always trust.
Their body language is very interesting. There are many pictures of Olena’s husband and wife together on Instagram. They are smiling and holding hands, and their kids are wearing superhero face paint. They look like they can’t be broken and need each other more now than ever. Olena has been forced to hide, giving up suits and speeches. She knows that, like the man she loves, Vladimir Putin wants to kill her.
In spite of her new role as Putin’s target number two, she has shown incredible bravery, not leaving the country with her husband and their children and inspiring not only Ukraine but all of humanity with her grace under fire. When the Russians attacked Ukraine a week ago, Olena wrote on Instagram:
‘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.’
Unlike Volodymyr, Olena was born 12 days before him. She was raised in the same run-down town of Kryvyi Rih in central Ukraine as her husband, who was born and raised there as well. Because they went to the same school, the two rarely saw each other. On the last day of school, he said that it hurt him. Olena went on to study architecture, and Volodymyr went to Kryvyi Rih National University to study law.
In 1995, when he was a new student, he ran into Olena on the street and asked to borrow a movie she was carrying, even though he had already seen the movie eight times. He did this so that he could ask her for her phone number so he could return the video. Volodymyr talked about how he fell in love deeply.
He needs someone who will be there for him “on an emotional level,” so she has always been there for him. She says that both of them have tried, but failed, to not read comments about them on social media. She reminds her 2.5 million Instagram followers of the lives that have been ruined by war in their place. A lot of people have been paying attention to what is going on in Ukraine. She has shared heartbreaking images of young cancer patients who had to flee the country because of shelling, and sick babies who had to be taken from the hospital and treated in bomb shelters.
Olena has led from the front, and her influence has never been stronger as she fights for the country and the man she loves. Where other people might have given up, Olena has not.