The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, was named the person of the year by the British edition of the Financial Times.
As the publication writes, this choice was made because "Zelenskiy became the embodiment of the courage and resilience of the Ukrainian people in their struggle against Russian aggression."
The president of Ukraine was called the antipode of Volodymyr Putin, who is hiding in the Kremlin and whose obsession with restoring the empire cost tens, and possibly hundreds of thousands of lives.
"The president of Ukraine has become the flagship of the democratic world in the global fight against authoritarianism, which may determine the course of this century," writes the Financial Times.
In its article, the FT compares Zelenskiy to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who spoke on the radio to rally the country during the blitzkrieg: the Ukrainian president also uses social media to relentlessly campaign for military and financial support for the West.
"By chance, he has become the standard-bearer of liberal democracy in the broader global struggle against authoritarianism, which may determine the course of the 21st century," the publication notes.
During an interview with the FT, Zelenskiy recalled the first days of the full-scale Russian invasion and his decision to stay in Kyiv: “I am more responsible than brave. I just hate letting people down."
Journalists believe that the president's decision to stay in the capital instead of accepting the US proposal for evacuation "became one of the most important moments in the war, prompting the Ukrainian army and its people to resist. This came as a surprise to Ukrainians and Western allies, who had low expectations from the country's political leadership."