President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky told the press he lives in the apartment instead of using the presidential residence, which makes his guards extremely nervous. The Ukrainian leader said this during the press marathon with hundreds of Ukrainian reporters in Kyiv on October 10.
"I do not use the presidential residence. By the way, I have a question for you... I really lack the public response here. What would you do with the residence of the President of Ukraine - if you were me? I live in the apartments. We will not sell the actual residence. The residence stays. I never stay there. I've got a question for you - who would use and take care of it? Another question is: should the country's president move to a safe place if his guards live in corridors and on the street?", Zelensky said.
In return, Serhiy Shcherbyna, Editor-in-Chief of RBC Ukraine news agency offered him to facilitate part of the building at Bankova street, so that the president could live where he works, like Angela Merkel and Donald Trump.
"So that I would live in Bankova? You want me to go crazy? I can't live in Mariinsky palace, after all. And there's Mr. Macron who lives in the same conditions. So, this is an extremely complicated issue. The guards go mad because I live in the apartment. I can't move to any residence, because our society and you will be the first who start... well, you understand", the head of the state said.