Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky named 2022 Time ‘Person of the Year’

“Zelensky’s success as a wartime leader has relied on the fact that courage is contagious,” Time wrote.

December 07, 2022 07:25 pm | Updated December 08, 2022 08:40 am IST

The cover of Time magazine announcing Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky as the 2022 Person of the Year. Photo: TIME/TIME Person of the Year via AFP

The cover of Time magazine announcing Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky as the 2022 Person of the Year. Photo: TIME/TIME Person of the Year via AFP

Time magazine named Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky 2022's "Person of the Year" on Wednesday, saying he inspired Ukrainians and won global accolades for his courage in resisting Russia's devastating invasion.

Refusing to leave Ukraine's capital of Kyiv at the outbreak of the war as Russian bombs rained down, the former comedian rallied his compatriots in broadcasts from the capital and traveled across his war-torn nation, the publication noted in bestowing its annual title.

On Tuesday, Mr. Zelensky visited Ukrainian troops near the front lines in eastern Ukraine.

"Zelensky's success as a wartime leader has relied on the fact that courage is contagious. It spread through Ukraine’s political leadership in the first days of the invasion, as everyone realized the president had stuck around," Time wrote in acknowledging the 44-year-old leader.

Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk was named Time's "Person of the Year" in 2021, a year that saw his electric car company become the most valuable carmaker in the world. Time began this tradition in 1927.

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