The magazine revealed its choice on Wednesday as it tweeted the front page of a special edition featuring the leader, 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, Mr Zelensky visited Ukrainian troops near the front lines in eastern Ukraine.
Acknowledging the 44-year-old leader, TIME wrote: “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.”
Mr Zelensky became President in 2019, and has been in office throughout Russia’s war against Ukraine, which began in February.
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He grew up in the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast of central Ukraine and studied at the Kyiv National Economic University, before pursuing a career in comedy and acting, including in hugely popular TV series Servant of the People in which he played the President of Ukraine.
He won the election in 2019 with more than 73 per cent of the vote.
Mr Zelensky joins a long line of politicians to have been selected TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’, including Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, Barack Obama, and Vladimir Putin - the latter of whom was selected in 2007.
Tesla Inc 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 the tradition of selecting a ‘Person of the Year’ in 1927.
Piers Morgan, the broadcaster, may have finally blown apart the long-running Royal “racism row” when he named on his Talk TV show two members of the Royal family a new book claims were the individuals so disgracefully implicated by the Duchess of Sussex. You may recall that Morgan was sacked by ITV when he said, after the Sussexes’ interview with Oprah, that he didn’t believe a word Meghan had said. Like millions of us, he has had enough of this manipulative, malevolent nonsense, apparently calc
The powers that choose to play the Great Game on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan have never prospered. Despite the courage of generals and the brains of political agents, their best-laid plans – whether British in the 19th century, Russian in the 20th, or American in the 21st – have generally ended in disaster and retreat. Now it seems that China – which has long treated Pakistan as its client and proxy in a push for a defining regional role, most recently through the Belt and Road I
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Call off the search: the worst show of 2023 is here. That is, unless you’re a 13-year-old boy, in which case Obliterated (Netflix) is your dream product. Guns! Naked breasts! A lead character who is a government operative but also looks smokin’ hot in a red bikini! And that’s before we get to the script, in which a foreign baddie plots to nuke Las Vegas. Standing in his way is an elite tactical unit (the best kind) whose members say things like: “We’re supposed to stop the bad guy with the bomb”
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