Volodymyr Zelensky named Person of the Year 2022 | War in Ukraine
Volodymyr Zelensky has been President of Ukraine since 2019.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been named Time Magazine's 2022 Person of the Year.
Volodymyr Zelensky has galvanized the world in a way we haven't seen in years, kicks off Time, adding that this is the most obvious choice for its personality of the year for a long time.
The former actor who became president of Ukraine in 2019 was little known to the world until February 24, 2022, the day the first Russian bombs fell on his country.
Since then, from his firm decision to stay in kyiv with its citizens rather than seek refuge in one of the many countries ready to welcome him, to his constant calls to toughen the tone towards Russia, not a day has gone by without his name appearing in the news.
It is moreover a strength that the Time: The former comedian realized that attention is the most valuable currency on the planet and he cornered the market. Because at a time when Internet users, listeners and viewers are bombarded with content and news, it is a real challenge to maintain interest in a war that has now lasted for more than nine months. He was candid, sometimes sarcastic, but always straight to the point: saving Ukraine to save democracy.
“In an alternate reality where someone else ran Ukraine, we would have perhaps you could already see a Russian flag flying above the Parliament in kyiv. There would certainly still be a McDonald's near Red Square, Moscow, that symbol of post-Cold War globalization.
It was Zelensky's use of the tools afforded him by the digital age in particular that compelled economic and political leaders around the world to act, whether they wanted to or not.
Since February 25, the Ukrainian President has addressed his people, but also the whole world, every evening, in a video broadcast on social networks. He appeared by videoconference at the most important gatherings of world leaders and imposed the subject of the war in Ukraine at every opportunity.
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In a world defined by division, there was a rally around this cause, around this country that many must have struggled to place on a map, writes the Time.
The Timerecalls that 141 member countries of the United Nations have condemned the Russian invasion, that many companies have withdrawn from Russian territory, that military, financial and humanitarian aid is constantly being sent to Ukrainians, that foreigners from all over the world are now hosting refugees and that the colors of the Ukrainian flag, blue and yellow, have taken over social networks.
“For showing us that courage can be as contagious as fear, for inspiring people and nations to unite in defense of freedom, for reminding the world of the fragility of democracy – and peace –, Volodymyr Zelensky and the Spirit of Ukraine are Time's 2022 Person of the Year. ”
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, claiming that This was a special military operation, not a war.
Since then, thousands of Ukrainians have died, many of them civilians, entire towns have been destroyed by bombardment, citizens refusing to leave their homes have had to resign to live underground or in the dark and cold and others were reportedly transported to Russia against their will.
Since then, the sanctions imposed by the West against Russia have disrupted the world order and the economy, causing in particular an increased food crisis in several countries and a shortage of gas and oil, particularly in Europe.