Ukraine’s Zelensky Named Time’s 2022 ‘Person of the Year’

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky awards a service member at a position near a front line on the Day of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, in Donetsk region, Tuesday. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS)

(Reuters) – Time magazine named Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky 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 traveled across his war-torn nation, the publication noted in bestowing its annual title.

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

“Zelensky’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.

Time began this tradition in 1927.

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