Before Russia invaded Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky often derided as a manga series becoming an unlikely politician. But with the help of social media, he became the leader of Ukraine without knowing it.
Dressed in a military green t-shirt or fleece, unshaven and furry, Mr Zelensky inspired Ukrainians to fight for their country – and Europeans to see Ukraine in a different light, like a victim of aggression, fighting bravely for independence, freedom and democracy.
Mr Zelensky’s decision to stay in the capital Kyiv during a Russian attack – and his family’s decision to stay in Ukraine – has touched many, especially in contrast to the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, who flee from Kabul as soon as the Taliban are on the outskirtsdemoralize what remains of the Afghan army.
He and his team have also made great use of social media, with meaningful speeches showing his presence on the streets of Kyiv going viral. Ordinary Ukrainians are covering events in Ukraine on TikTok, and some are making videos praising Mr Zelensky and showing Ukrainians doing what they can to repel the Russians – refilling bottles of water. for Molotov cocktails, volunteered to fight, were given automatic weapons and vowed to defend their country.
Mr. Zelensky’s react before a reported American offer to evacuate him – “I need ammunition, not a ride” – would most likely go down in Ukrainian history whether he survived the brutal attack. this bounce or not.
But Mr Zelensky has also inspired European leaders to do more for Ukraine. Appearing on screen during an emergency summit of European Union leaders three days ago, on 24 February, he delivered a passionate 10-minute speech that made several leaders reluctantly endorse a harsher economic sanctions package against Russia, a senior European official said.
His intervention will be part of history, the official present in the room said. It was very emotional, the leaders were deeply affected.
The silence in the room was dramatic and the impact was clear, the official added, and his impression that it made a big difference in persuading countries to be more reluctant, like GermanyItaly and Hungary, to agree to tougher financial and banking sanctions and the transfer of defensive weapons to Ukraine.
“This might be the last time you see me alive,” Mr. Zelensky said.
European officials say Mr Zelensky’s actions and hard-line resistance by Ukrainian men and women – slowing Russia’s advance and volunteering to fight with automatic weapons – have also helped significant impact on European public opinion, European officials say, making it easier for their leaders to boldly and more freely accept refugees from Ukraine.
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