Former first daughter Ivanka Trump went to Poland to meet with Ukrainian refugees who have fled to avoid their country’s brutal conflict with Russia.
“Grateful to have spent the last few days in Krakow & Warsaw to meet Ukrainian and Polish faith leaders who have shown so much compassion & love to Ukrainian families in need & for the opportunity to bear witness to the love, strength & resilience within each of these families,” she shared on Instagram Sunday.
The post included photos of her serving food to a young boy at a kitchen set-up through CityServe, the non-profit she traveled to Poland with. She also posed with a young mother, kneeled down next to a bashful girl, and played guitar alongside another.
”There she met with dozens of pastors serving Ukrainians on the frontlines, many of which helped support the 1 million meal distribution in March,” a spokesperson for CityServe said. “This week, they brought meals, financial support and toys to dozens of Ukrainian families seeking both short-term and long-term refuge in Poland until they can safely return to Ukraine.”
Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska explained how the war has pulled her family apart when Russia made killing them their number two goal behind killing her husband President Volodymyr Zelensky.
In a joint interview, which has only been the second since the conflict began, Zelenska, 44, described waking up to “weird noises” the first day of the invasion, and finding Zelensky already getting dressed in another room. “It has started,” he told her.
“Our family was torn apart, as every other Ukrainian family,” Zelenska described. “He lives at his job. We didn’t see him at all for 2½ months.”
Despite his absence, she still feels profoundly connected to the Ukrainian president. “Nobody takes my husband away from me, not even the war,” she remarked.