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President Zelensky

President Volodymyr Zelensky has been all over the news throughout the past weeks as Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. His background is not what you would typically expect from a current President. Up until just a few years ago, he was a comedian and played the role of being the President of Ukraine through his acting endeavours.


Fast-forward a few years and President Zelensky is leading Ukraine through one of the worst crises that it has encountered in its history. He is a leader in war against a fight that may prove too challenging. He has been filmed on the ground together with members of the Ukrainian army as they attempted to hold back the Russian invasion.

Over the past weeks, he has been established as the number one target for the Russian army. In view of this and his constant presence on the battleground, he has more respect from his people and several countries around the globe. Together with actively participating in military matters, he developed a successful communication strategy that has captured the sympathy of many across the world. Although Ukrainian military seemingly falls short when compared to Russia’s, Ukraine has still mounted a respectable defence.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has attempted to justify this military conflict as a denazification of Ukraine. Many did not buy into this as Zelensky is Jewish and his relatives were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Out of four brothers, Zelensky’s grandfather was the only survivor. President Zelensky had made it abundantly clear that he will remain within Ukraine even as Russia takes more areas of the country.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and U.S. President Donald Trump face reporters during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, New York, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and U.S. President Donald Trump face reporters during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York City, New York, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

He was elected as President back in 2019. He gained media attention when former President of the United States Donald Trump had prompted him to launch an investigation on Joe Biden’s son who was involved in a Ukrainian energy company.

The Presidency was not the sole thing that earned Zelensky popularity. He was popular before running for the post, due to his career as a performer and actor. He was also involved in the creation of a production company called Studio Kvartal 95. The company is worth millions.

There was one role within his acting career that had a significant impact on his political ambitions. He held a role within the popular series called “Servant of the People”. He acted as a school teacher where he would discuss corruption in Ukraine, spearheading his Presidency bid.

Credit: Servant of The People (2016)

His victory was described as a landslide and as one which would challenge existing standards and the status quo. In one of his initial speeches, he had implored to ministers to refrain from hanging pictures of him within their offices. He asked them to hang photos of their children and to look at them in the eyes before taking a decision.

Time will tell whether President Zelensky will emerge victorious. What do you think shall be the outcome? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

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