The Financial Times, a British media outlet, chose President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy as the Person of the Year.
"The 44-year-old Zelenskyy has earned a place in history for his extraordinary display of leadership and fortitude," the newspaper wrote on Monday.
The Financial Times has chosen Zelenskyy as the Person of the Year for the following reasons:
- Just like Winston Churchill went on the radio to rally his country, Zelenskyy has used social media to campaign relentlessly for western military and financial support.
- He has persuaded Europeans to bear the huge costs of standing up to Putin and to offer Kyiv a path to EU membership.
- At the same time, he has become a standard bearer for liberal democracy in the wider global contest with authoritarianism that could define the course of the 21st century.
- Zelenskyy has also come to embody the courage and resilience of the Ukrainian people in their fight against Russian aggression.
Every week, Zelenskyy speaks at many international institutions to keep their attention focused on Ukraine. Thus, in his speech at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the Ukrainian head of state reminded the audience that Ukrainians on the battlefield are now upholding the common values of Ukraine and the EU, which are freedom, respect for the law, and democracy. Also, in his speech at the G20 summit in Bali, he named the main preconditions for stopping the war in Ukraine and outlined the "Ukrainian peace formula".