Ukraine’s Actor-president Grows in Stature As War-time Leader

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.– (photo:wikipedia)

KYIV — Volodymyr Zelensky was at the height of his career as an actor and comedian before giving it all up to become president in 2019. After three difficult years in politics, he is now the face of national defiance, winning rave reviews as a war-time leader.

Since Russia’s invasion on Thursday, the 44-year-old has used his eye for modern image management and the skills honed on stage to deliver stirring messages on social media.

On Feb 25, the day after the outbreak of war, he filmed himself standing in the dark near the presidency building with his advisers, saying “we are all here” in an attempt to counter disinformation that he had abandoned his post.

“Our military is here. Citizens in society are here. We’re all here defending our independence, our country, and it will stay this way,” he said.

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