Ukrainian President Zelensky reunited with his wife Olena for a cup of tea in the couple’s first joint interview since Russia’s invasion.
Olena fled with their children, aged nine and 17, at the onset of the war in Ukraine.
They have sheltered in an unidentified part of the country, far from invaders’ threats.
Mrs Zelenska said she was not surprised that her husband has inspired the world with his steadfast leadership and formidable resistance to Russia.
She added: ‘Nobody takes my husband away from me, not even war.
‘I can’t say that Volodymyr has changed since the start of this war. He was a reliable husband and a reliable man before, and that he remains.’
‘His point of view hasn’t changed, the way he’s wired hasn’t changed.’
Olena, a screenwriter, said she wasn’t always the biggest fan of her husband’s speeches and didn’t have time to comb through them.
She said: ‘Sometimes he uses too many literary devices and sometimes too few.’
President Zelensky stayed firmly on message, stating: ‘We weren’t the ones who started this war but we will be the ones to end it.’
The news came as Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol finally surrendered to Russian invaders and Putin launched a new assault on the Donbas.
Recent weeks have seen Russia forced out from the outskirts of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, in what was their fastest retreat since being pushed out of the north and Kyiv region at the end of March.
However, they have re-taken some of their lost ground in Kharkiv and still control a large swathe of the south and east, while the end of the fighting in Mariupol means that that territory is now largely unbroken.