Time magazine has announced its Person of the Year for 2022.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the spirit of Ukraine have been selected as the newsmaker to represent 2022.
TIME's 2022 Person of the Year: Volodymyr Zelensky and the spirit of Ukraine #TIMEPOY https://t.co/06Y5fuc0fG pic.twitter.com/i8ZT3d5GDa— TIME (@TIME) December 7, 2022
Volodymyr Zelenskyy is the comedian-turned-president of Ukraine. Zelenskyy became a household name after the invasion of his country by Russia in February, going to the front lines or celebrating with the Ukrainian people as Russian troops pulled out of the area surrounding Kherson.
Zelenskyy addressed the U.S. Congress virtually from Kyiv in March, asking for a no-fly zone and invoking memories of when the U.S. was attacked during Pearl Harbor and Sept. 11, CNN reported.
The Ukrainian president called the invasion by Russia “war crimes” in April and when Russia announced it would seize four regions in Ukraine, he called it a “farce,” saying that “the entire territory of our country will be liberated.”
Zelenskyy applied for NATO membership, and while Ukraine’s application is being accelerated, it is not clear if and when Ukraine will be accepted by the international alliance, CNN reported.
There were 10 finalists on the short list, which included Xi Jinping, the U.S. Supreme Court and Elon Musk.
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