Zelensky Named Time’s Person of the Year

From a Washington Post story by Andrea Salcedo headlined “Volodymyr Zelensky named Time’s Person of the Year”:

Less than 48 hours after Russian forces invaded Ukraine in February, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he knew he had made it to the top of the enemy’s hit list.

For the Russians, he told Ukrainians in an early-morning address, he was “Target Number 1.”

Months later, Zelensky has climbed to the top of another list: Time’s Person of the Year for 2022.

“Zelensky really galvanized the world in a way we haven’t seen in decades,” Edward Felsenthal, Time’s editor in chief, said of the wartime leader — whom he also referred to as the “spirit of Ukraine” — on NBC’s “Today” show.

The former comedian and actor, who once played Ukraine’s president on a TV show, has drawn widespread praise from Ukrainians and world leaders as he steers Kyiv through one of the deadlier conflicts in the last 200 years.

Each year, the magazine awards the title to the person it deems the most influential in the past 12 months.

Andrea Salcedo is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post. She joined The Post in 2020 as an overnight reporter on the Morning Mix team. Previously, she covered breaking news and features for the New York Times metro desk.

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