Zelenskiy visit to wounded teen offers a moment of TikTok levity KYIV

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy talks during an interview with Reuters in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 1, 2022. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

KYIV, March, 17 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited a wounded 16-year-old girl in a Kyiv hospital on Thursday and received some welcome news: He is a star on the TikTok video app.

After handing Katya Vlasenko a bunch of white and pink flowers as she lay in bed, Zelenskiy said: “It is not easy, but we do the right thing.”

Vlasenko, who was wounded when her family’s car came under fire as they fled Russian forces, replied: “And everybody supports you on TikTok,” prompting a smile from the president
and members of his entourage.

“So we have occupied TikTok?” he asked. “All talk about you, it is all about you.”

(Writing by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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