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Zelenska calls Israeli first lady, confirms 13 Ukrainians killed in Hamas attack on Israel

by Nate Ostiller and The Kyiv Independent news desk October 18, 2023 12:02 AM 2 min read
First Lady Olena Zelensky speaks with her Israeli counterpart, Michal Herzog, on the phone on Oct. 17, 2023. (Olena Zelenska/Twitter)
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First Lady Olena Zelensky held a phone call with Israeli First Lady Michal Herzog on Oct. 17, during which she expressed her condolences to the victims of Hamas' attack on Israel on Oct. 7.

"We feel your pain, the pain of every family in Israel. Ukrainians in all corners of our country express support for the people of Israel, and I want to convey this to you," Zelenska said, according to the Presidential Office.

"Our military recorded a video in support of the Israeli people. These and many other manifestations of solidarity confirm how close our peoples are in both joy and sorrow."

Zelenska also noted that, as of Oct. 17, 13 Ukrainian citizens are confirmed dead as a result of Hamas' attack, although identification of the bodies is reportedly ongoing and information is changing daily.

According to the statement, a Ukrainian boy whose mother was killed in the attack was wounded, and he is being provided with medical and psychological assistance.

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"The First Lady of Ukraine emphasized that terrorism has no borders," the Presidential Office's statement said.

"Therefore, it is even more important that countries that oppose it act together. Ukraine consistently stands for peace in the Middle East for all peoples."

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