Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, was voted Time Magazine’s person of the year on Wednesday.
The publication honored him “for proving that courage can be as contagious as fear.”
Zelenskyy was chosen along with “the spirit of Ukraine,” according to editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal, and was “the most obvious in recollection.”
The world marched to Volodymyr Zelensky’s rhythm in 2022, he added, whether the fight for Ukraine makes one feel hopeful or afraid.
Zelenskyy, a comedian-turned-politician who won the 2019 election for president of Ukraine, has been working nonstop to mobilize support for his homeland since Russia invaded on February 24.
Zelenskyy’s choice to remain in Kyiv and mobilize support rather than leave when the war broke out, according to Felsenthal, was crucial.
“Volodymyr Zelensky and the spirit of Ukraine are TIME’s 2022 Person of the Year,” he continued. “For proving that courage can be as contagious as fear, inspiring people and nations to come together in defense of freedom, reminding the world of the fragility of democracy — and of peace.”
The magazine also featured individuals that are allegedly the embodiment of the Ukrainian spirit.
They include David Nott, a British military medic, Olga Rudenko, the editor of the Kyiv Independent, and engineer Oleg Kutkov, who helped keep Ukraine linked.
Since the publication of Time’s yearly selection in 1927, it has aroused discussion and occasionally controversy.
Elon Musk, the internet, telecommunications, and space tycoon who recently acquired Twitter, was named the Person of the Year for 2021.
The U.S. won the title in 2020. Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden were the president-elects at the time.