Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has unlocked the doors of his top-secret underground bunker as he shows the world inside his war rooms.
The heroic leader has taken the step of revealing what goes on inside the Kyiv shelter where he has lived for the past year.
Opening the bunker up to mark the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of his country, he showed Ukrainian journalist Dmytro Komarov inside.
Showing just how small the space is, the home where he makes critical decision and holds meetings was where was sitting in the early hours of February 24 last year when he was informed of the Russian invasion.
In the documentary called ‘Year’ reporter Mr Komarov shared footage from the president’s base littered with photos of his family.
There was also a bust of inspirational wartime leader Winston Churchill in an office decked out with Ukrainian flags.
President Zelensky shared details of that fateful day a year ago as the illegal war was launched by Vladimir Putin.
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He told him: “It’s very difficult to remember all the details. I got a call that it all had started.
“We woke up with my wife, my family, my son, my daughter. I definitely thought about waking the kids up, packing up everyone.
“To tell the kids what is happening, that the war had started. They are adults, they must understand what’s happening.
“I left very fast. I love my family, but for me as president, being here was a priority.”
A government insider told The Times that staying in the bunker was a tough existence as “you don’t see the sun, you don’t know the time.”
During this time he did not see his wife, Olena, nor his two children.
Once he emerged from his bunker he was not shy of heading to the frontlines, walking through trenches and doing displays of solidarity in central Kyiv.
Zelensky added that he hadn’t had the time to think over the impact of the war on his young family.
“We didn’t have time for such romance, because we’ve been kind of busy,” he said.
“The only thing I remember I was thinking about [after the invasion] was this office, the phones, the team I have to gather now.
“Everything had changed. Life had changed. And it was impossible to return to what was before,” he added.
Up to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed since the start of Russia’s invasion, a senior official said late last year.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, spoke of his country’s loss.
But Russian soldiers are dying in greater numbers in Ukraine this month than at any time since the first week of the invasion, Ukrainian data shows.