The world is in awe of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's bravery and valour, as his country battles the horrifying Russian invasion. His refusal to flee the country amidst the political turmoil was lauded by the global community and he is being hailed as a real-life war hero.
It is in times like these that you look up in the sky hoping for a superhero to show up and stop the war but they won't because they're already in Ukraine and their name is Volodymyr Zelensky— Samay Raina (@ReheSamay) February 27, 2022
This is the face of a real life hero. A true leader. A true patriot. I have never seen any leader, at lest in my lifetime to be the forefront of a war. Respect from the bottom of my heart leader @ZelenskyyUa #UkraineWar #Ukraine Glory to Ukraine 🇺🇦 pic.twitter.com/OcSVHU7eFQ— Shaikh Shahrukh Muhammad 🇺🇦 🇺🇸 (@ShaikhSMuhammad) February 26, 2022
Thank you Putin for showing what a hero Volodymyr Zelensky - the President of Ukraine is. And f##k you.— Bob Morgan 🇺🇦 #BLM 💙 (@Bbmorg) February 27, 2022
Volodymyr Zelensky is a fucking hero.— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@NickKnudsenUS) February 26, 2022
No matter what happens, this will be true forever.
Putin can’t kill that.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is a G for being in the real call of duty. Bless this man!!! pic.twitter.com/QijozLxVpK— 2XxX (@2xgocrazy2) February 28, 2022
Once upon a time, four sons were born to Jewish Ukrainian parents. Three sons were murdered by the Nazis. One son survived.— President's Office, Ukraine (@PresidentofUkr) February 27, 2022
The survivor’s grandson is now an international hero fearlessly confronting his country’s invaders. He is Volodymyr #Zelensky, President of #Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/RDhp3skm1b
Zelensky has been leading the battle from the forefront in Kyiv during Ukraine's darkest hour. He has been very vocal on social media and is rallying to unite Ukrainians with charm, dignity and a dash of humour. In his infamous self-shot Instagram video, the exhausted President squashes Russian propaganda by saying, "We're all here. Our military is here. Citizens in society are here. We're all here defending our independence, our country, and it will stay this way."
However, his journey to the throne was anything but conventional:
Zelensky graduated from university with a law degree but was smitten by the theatre during his studies. His performance group, Kvartal 95, was featured on a popular improv comedy show in Ukraine and his entertainment career grew from there.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, Dancing with the Stars.pic.twitter.com/6EAwq0Ge80— 🇺🇸😎🍊U. Ben Took (@Mandy95491669) February 28, 2022
Zelensky quickly rose to fame as a comedian, actor and producer. His ascent to Ukraine's political dominion became a peculiar case of life imitating art. Prior to politics, his most celebrated role as an actor was in a popular TV series titled Servant of the People, in which he portrayed a school teacher flung into presidency after a student uploaded a viral video of him ranting about corruption in politics.
Life is stranger than fiction—this famous 1 minute @ZelenskyyUa TV scene launched his fictional career as President—which then launched his real life as President of Ukraine🇺🇦—which gave us the anti-Putin hero the world🌎 needed right now!— Eric Feigl-Ding 💙💛 (@DrEricDing) February 27, 2022
HT @therecount pic.twitter.com/zDdTQHBijy
In 2018, Zelensky's production company created a political party named after the show. A few months later, he announced he was running for office. At first, Ukrainian citizens saw his candidacy as a joke but his undeterred spirit and vocal stance against the deep-rooted corruption in Ukraine lead to a landslide victory with over 73% of the votes in his favour. In 2019, he was declared president.
#Kyiv, #Ukraine — @ZelenskyyUa— Natiq Malikzada (@natiqmalikzada) February 27, 2022
A true LEADER, from among the people and for its people. He is indeed a HERO.
While surrounded by Russians he is still fighting.#UkraineUnderAttack #Ukraina #UkraineWar #UkraineRussia #RussiaUkraineConflict #Russia pic.twitter.com/C9xoNqxPYq
Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine was once a popular TV comedian. From a comedian who was considered to have stumbled into the presidency, he became a national hero at an age of 44! How tables turn! pic.twitter.com/YelQDfQjzz— Madhavi Rangebandara (@MRangebandara) February 26, 2022
From a comedian to an actor playing a President to the President of Ukraine, to a bona fide hero … and possibly a martyr. It is not often that the moment is met by the man destined to define it, but we are witnessing it in real time. President Volodymyr Zelensky is that man. pic.twitter.com/uWDuuMl9iF— Leslie #ResistInPeace #BlueIsTheColorOfHope (@2TheBarricades) February 27, 2022
Since then, the political novice has not only proved his worth as president but also emerged as a key international figure by delegating the war like a champion. Inspite of knowing that his family and he are the primary targets to overthrow the Ukrainian government, he made it clear that his decision was to stay put and assist the resistance movement rather than flee to a safe space. As quoted by The Washington Post, he claimed, "The fight is here. I need ammunition, not a ride.”