Wednesday, December 7, 2022, Time magazine awarded Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy 2022’s “Person of the Year,” citing his fortitude in opposing Russia’s disastrous invasion as the reason.
Refusing to flee the Ukrainian city of Kyiv at the outset of the conflict as Russian bombs rained down, the erstwhile comic rallied his countrymen in broadcasts from the capital and toured around his war-torn homeland, according to the journal that bestowed the yearly honor.
Tuesday, Zelenskiy visited Ukrainian troops near the eastern Ukraine combat lines.
“The fact that heroism is contagious contributed to Zelenskiy’s effectiveness as a combat commander. It swept across Ukraine’s political elite in the initial days of the invasion, when everyone understood that the president had remained,” Time wrote in recognition of the 44-year-old president.
Elon Musk was chosen Time’s “Person of the Year” in 2021, the same year that his electric vehicle firm, Tesla, became the most valuable automaker in the world. In 1927, Time launched this tradition.