Time magazine has named President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, “the spirit from Ukraine”, the 2022 Person of Year.
An annual award is presented by US magazine editors to the person who has had the greatest global influence in the past 12 months.
According to the magazine, the Person of the Year was previously defined as someone who “affected the news or our lives most, for better or worse”.
Mr. Zelenskyy led his country through the conflict with Russia after Vladimir Putin’s invasion in February.
Despite international appeals to the 44-year old and his family to be evacuated at once during the initial days of the invasion invasion, Mr Zelenskyy continued to remain in Kyiv with his defense forces.
As he led the nation’s response, he said that he was not hiding and wasn’t afraid of anyone.
Edward Felsenthal (Time’s editor in chief) said that the magazine’s decision was “the clearest in memory”.
He stated that “Whether the fight for Ukraine fills you with hope or fear, the world marched in 2022 to Volodymyr Zilenskyy’s beat.”
Mr Felsenthal said that Mr Zelenskyy’s decision to stay in Kyiv and rally support when war began was not to flee Kyiv, but rather to make a fateful decision.
He said, “For proving courage can be contagious, for stirring people to unite in defense of freedom, and for reminding the globe of the fragility democracy and peace – Volodymyr Zilenskyy is Time’s 2022 Person-of-the-Year.”
It also featured people who embody the spirit and values of Ukraine.
Oleg Kutkov, an engineer, helped Ukraine connect, Olga Rudenko (the editor of the Kyiv Independent), and David Nott, a British combat surgeon, were among them.
In 1978, Mr Zelenskyy was baptized in Kryvyi Rih (Russian-speaking region in the former Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic).
He was twelve years old when the Soviet Union collapsed and Ukraine became independent.
He shocked the world by winning the 2019 presidential election with 73% of the vote, beating Petro Poroshenko.
Simon Shuster, Time journalist, said that the president’s success as a wartime leader was based on the fact that courage “is contagious” which “spread through Ukraine’s political leadership during the initial days of the invasion”.
Time reported that Mr Zelenskyy said, “I haven’t finished this great and important action for our nation.” “Not yet.”
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Angela Merkel in 2015 and Donald Trump in 2016 were other winners, as was Greta Thunberg 2019 and Joe Biden alongside Kamala Harir 2020.
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After making the first non-stop solo transatlantic flight between New York and Paris in 1927, Charles Lindbergh, an American pilot, was awarded the title.
Due to their influence on world events, the award can be given to other controversial individuals. Adolf Hitler was previously named.