Time magazine named Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky its Person of the Year, awarding him the award “for demonstrating that courage is as contagious as fear”.
Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal said Mr Zelensky’s choice – along with “the spirit of Ukraine” – was “the clearest in memory”.
“Whether the battle in Ukraine fills people with hope or fear, the world marches to defeat Volodymyr Zelensky by 2022,” he said.
A comedian turned politician elected Ukraine’s leader in 2019, Mr Zelensky has worked non-stop since the February 24 invasion of Russia to inspire resistance in the country. country and mobilize international support for Ukraine.
Mr Felsenthal said Mr Zelensky’s decision at the start of the war “not to run away from Kyiv but to stay and rally support was fate”.
“For demonstrating that courage can be as contagious as fear, for encouraging people and nations to come together to defend 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,” he added.
The magazine also highlights those who are said to be the embodiment of the Ukrainian spirit. They include engineer Oleg Kutkov, who helped connect Ukraine; Olga Rudenko, editor of Kyiv Independent; and British combat surgeon David Nott.
Time’s annual pick has been controversial and at times controversial since it began in 1927. The person of the year 2021 is Elon Musk, the tech, telecommunications and space mogul who just Twitter acquisition. In 2020, the title went to US President Joe Biden — at the time the president-elect — and Vice President Kamala Harris.
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