TIME Names Zelenskyy & Spirit Of Ukraine ‘Person Of The Year’

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the spirit of Ukraine have been named TIME's 'Person of the Year.'
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (image via Ukraine government)

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the spirit of Ukraine have been named TIME’s ‘Person of the Year.’

The editorial board says this year’s choice was the “most clear-cut in memory.”

From TIME:

The process of choosing the Person of the Year—who or what most influenced the events of the past 12 months, for good or for ill—can be agonizing. How could one person represent an entire year? Do we lean into the light, reach into the darkness, or land somewhere in between?

This year’s choice was the most clear-cut in memory. Whether the battle for Ukraine fills one with hope or with fear, Volodymyr Zelensky galvanized the world in a way we haven’t seen in decades.

In the weeks after Russian bombs began falling on Feb. 24, his decision not to flee Kyiv but to stay and rally support was fateful. From his first 40-second Instagram post on Feb. 25—showing that his Cabinet and civil society were intact and in place—to daily speeches delivered remotely to the likes of houses of Parliament, the World Bank, and the Grammy Awards, Ukraine’s President was everywhere.

Here’s the link to the profile piece TIME did on President Zelenskyy. Well worth the read.

And click here to read about the people who represent the Spirit of Ukraine in the second part of TIME’s Person of the Year coverage.