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Ukraine’s Zelenskiy named Time’s 2022 ‘Person of the Year’

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Ukraines President Volodymyr Zelenskiy appears on the cover of Time Magazines 2022 Person of the Year edition, in an image released in New York City, U.S. December 7, 2022.— Reuters
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy appears on the cover of Time Magazine’s 2022 “Person of the Year” edition, in an image released in New York City, U.S. December 7, 2022.— Reuters

Time magazine named Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy 2022’s “Person of the Year” on Wednesday, saying he inspired Ukrainians and won global accolades for his courage in resisting Russia’s devastating invasion.

Refusing to leave Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv at the outbreak of the war as Russian bombs rained down, the former comedian rallied his compatriots in broadcasts from the capital and travelled across his war-torn nation, the publication noted in bestowing its annual title.

On Tuesday, Zelenskiy visited Ukrainian troops near the front lines in eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy captures a video to congratulate the Ukrainian Armed Forces amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, near the town of Sloviansk, Donetsk region, Ukraine December 6, 2022.— Reuters
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy captures a video to congratulate the Ukrainian Armed Forces amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, near the town of Sloviansk, Donetsk region, Ukraine December 6, 2022.— Reuters

“Zelenskiy’s success as a wartime leader has relied on the fact that courage is contagious. It spread through Ukraine’s political leadership in the first days of the invasion, as everyone realized the president had stuck around,” Time wrote in acknowledging the 44-year-old leader.

Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk was named Time’s “Person of the Year” in 2021, a year that saw his electric car company become the most valuable carmaker in the world. Time began this tradition in 1927.

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