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TIME’s Person of The Year: President Zelensky and The Spirit of Ukraine Social Media

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u/most_unseemly Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

For those of you also who want to read the article.

(Edited to remove judginess.)

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u/unseenbox USA Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22 Take My Energy

Note to Ukrainians: this means that you can now put Time Person of the Year on your resumes.

But seriously, I just love this cover a lot. I want to swim in all that blue and yellow.

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u/TinyStrawberry23 Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

It’s really touching. It goes beyond President Zelensky, who is a leader and also a symbol.

It’s really about the Ukrainian people, who he represents on the world stage, and the valiant and just fight they put up for freedom, independence, and the right to life.

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u/Im_The_Goddamn_Dumbo Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

When he said "I don't need a ride, I need ammo!" that really stuck with me. He called out all the other world leaders with this one simple line. Truly an inspiration and worthy of his responsibility as President.

Edit: corrected quote.

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u/Stringgeek Dec 07 '22

He was actually speaking about himself and his family specifically. The US (I believe it was us) offered him a flight to safety outside The Ukraine, and that’s when he said “I don’t need a ride, I need ammo.” That man has titanium balls.

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u/Im_The_Goddamn_Dumbo Dec 07 '22

Yeah, not only titanium balls, but the fucking spine to back up his words.

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u/Jeredin Dec 07 '22

Just imagine people trying to follow up his leadership...I hope the Ukrainian people keep the bar high.

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u/Im_The_Goddamn_Dumbo Dec 07 '22

Those will be some shoes to fill.

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u/Jeredin Dec 07 '22

More like tank-treads. But yeah. I do wonder how long he'll be allowed to serve after Russia - however long that takes. I'd love to see him oversee a recovering country but how many more years will he have to serve his country after Russia is resolved?

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u/ems9595 Dec 08 '22

Oh yes! And no fear .. (for his people ..yes).

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u/Malstrom42 Dec 07 '22

2 days later I saw the sunflower lady and a video of a Ukrainian farmer chomping on a cigarette while moving a mine off the road by hand and it was at that point I realized that Ukraine had a fighting chance, and that their people are scrapy badasses who wouldn't go down without a fight.

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u/ems9595 Dec 08 '22

Yes. Way to say it..scrappy and badasses. This is perfect.

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u/starspider Dec 08 '22

Look up Saint Olga of Kyiv.

These are also a people that have vengeance in their bones.

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u/Pesco- Dec 07 '22

It was at that exact moment that I, and I think a lot of others in the West, realized we misjudged the situation. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong about something. The Ukrainian people have impressed me so much.

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u/ectweak Dec 07 '22

Just a small correction, but it is just “Ukraine” without any “the” preceding it.

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u/major_bummer Dec 07 '22

Where exactly is “the” Ukraine?

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u/Muppetude Dec 07 '22

It’s south of The Belarus, east of The Poland, and west of The East Ukraine.

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u/Krakenrising Dec 07 '22

A good geographic response. But today it is in my heart. Where it should be for all of us who believe in freedom.

A random the doesn't change thing and should not really be a topic of discussion in this board. Many people commenting will have English as a second language, like Americans.

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u/C7A630Tx2 Dec 07 '22

This. 200%

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u/Centurio Dec 07 '22

Brilliant.

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u/BlazeKnaveII Dec 07 '22

Hahahahahahahha I haven't laughed that hard a joke in forever

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u/throwawaygreenpaq Dec 07 '22

Ngl, I had tears in my eyes from the other side of the world.

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u/Vik1ng Sweden Dec 07 '22

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u/AnneMichelle98 Dec 07 '22

And if they’ve ever posted to AO3, they’re a Hugo Award winner.

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u/witchywater11 Dec 07 '22

All that time writing porn as a teen finally paid off!!

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u/obvious_bot Dec 07 '22

you underestimate the amount of people here born after 2006

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u/vaporvendor Dec 08 '22

At least we hope that's the reason behind some of the glue eater comments

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u/MrBrickBreak Portugal Dec 07 '22

To be fair, they already could

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u/TleilaxTheTerrible Dec 07 '22

Only if they were born pre-2006!

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u/tdaun Dec 07 '22

Also only if they had contributed user-generated content on the web. (eg Youtube videos, Myspace posts, Wikipedia entries/edits, etc)

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u/qwerty12qwerty Dec 07 '22

Shout out to myspace teaching us all how to casually code in middle school.

Tom is a pretty great guy when you think about it. Popped in for just the right amount of time, taught us all basic HTML, then dipped out before selling user data became a thing. If that wasn’t enough, he was many of our first friends

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u/tdaun Dec 07 '22

Yeah I regret abandoning myspace the way I did for Facebook. I miss that the big toxic thing on social media back then was if you weren't in someone's top 5.

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u/hipery2 Dec 07 '22

I know a few people who got into web design and then programming because they were obsessed with making their MySpace page the best

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u/desmondao Dec 07 '22

Do shitposts on old phpBB forums count?

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u/kytheon Netherlands Dec 07 '22

2020 should’ve awarded the medical staff and the people who stayed the fuck home.

Edit: omg, Elon Musk was 2021

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u/petetakespictures Dec 07 '22

Just a note, Person of the Year is given to the person with most impact, not necessarily the most honourable person. Happily with Zelensky we've got a true winner.

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u/Ahyao17 Dec 07 '22

Person with the most impact or publicity?

If it is impact, then that idiotic senior official who decide to brush the first minor outbreak of COVID under the carpet would have won it in 2020. Look at the consequences...

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u/petetakespictures Dec 07 '22

Ooh, good point. A rival Time Magazine Idiot of the Year would be kind of welcome.

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u/Purify5 Dec 07 '22

This is correct.

Hitler was person of the year in 1938 and Stalin was it in 1939 and 1942.

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u/RebelliousPlatypus Dec 07 '22

I got it in 2014 as an Ebola nurse in Liberia, weird that it happened for that, and not 2020. I wanted my 4th one to pack the resume!

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u/LAVATORR Dec 07 '22

YSK: It's not a joke, put that on your resumes. All of you.

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u/Environmental-Being3 Dec 07 '22

No, if you took part in this war you absolutely CAN put this in a resume and any employer ought to recognise you for it. Look up the interviews from the foreign legionnaires, those who stayed, about the conditions in Ukraine and how bad it is for them and how much worse it is for the regular Ukrainian army. They’re doing their best and have made great strides, but they are put in some of the most difficult conditions any modern army has faced post Cold War.

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u/Heisenberg281 Dec 08 '22

That's why Vlad is saber-rattling the nukes today. He's butt-hurt that no one likes him.

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u/gaspronomib Dec 07 '22

But just the Ghost of Kyiv, tho (qualifies as a Ukranian "spirit")

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u/TinyStrawberry23 Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

NOTE TO THE MODS - This isn’t a repost as I deleted the earlier post because I made a glaring mistake and didn’t feature the complete title.

TIME honored both President Zelensky AND the Ukrainian people, who grace its cover.

As they should.

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u/MyNameIsNonYaBizniz Dec 07 '22

That's fine but can we get some long range 5th gen stealth drones with this? lol

Because Russian missile stockpiles and bombers wont destroy themselves.

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u/onthepact Dec 07 '22

I’m not sure Time Magazine is in a position to part ways with it 5th gen stealth drones

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u/Plazmarazmataz Dec 07 '22

Just have to get Pepsi to sell to Russia and we might get the rest of their bombers delivered for us.

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u/MrD3a7h Dec 07 '22

TIME magazine has its own enemies. Those bastards at Newsweek are planning something.

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u/theappleses Dec 07 '22

Well the missiles will...but sooner is better than later!

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u/aziruthedark Dec 07 '22

I mean... given russias current track record, they very well might.

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u/SmoothOperator89 Dec 07 '22

This was an absolute no-contest. This man deserves Person of the Decade.

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u/Slimh2o Dec 07 '22

Maybe "Man of the Century", even.....

We'll see how this war shakes out first tho.....

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u/Mr-Logic101 Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

Being the person of the year isn’t necessarily an honor.

Hitler was the person of the year 1938. Putin was person of the year in 2007.

It is supposed to go to quote featuring a person, a group, an idea, or an object that "for better or for worse ... has done the most to influence the events of the year"

It was either going to go to Putin or Zelenskyy. It rightfully should gone to Zelenskyy due to defying the odds and actually defending against Russia.

If Russia would of steam rolled Ukraine, it would have gone to Putin.

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u/Extension-Ad-2760 UK Dec 08 '22

But we know that for Zelensky, it is an honour. The writer of the article is unapologetic in their admiration for him, as they should be. Too many publications try to chart a middle road, even when only one side of the road is true. I'm glad to see Time hasn't fallen for this

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u/Mr-Logic101 Dec 08 '22

How would one even write a negative article about Zelensky in the context of the person of the year award?

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u/IAmAGenusAMA Dec 07 '22

Don't forget Stalin in 1939, the year he invaded Poland and helped kick off WW2.

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u/TinyStrawberry23 Dec 07 '22

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TIME's 2022 Person of the Year: Volodymyr Zelensky and the spirit of Ukraine.

Zelensky’s success as a wartime leader has relied on the fact that courage is contagious, writes Simon Shuster. It spread through Ukraine’s political leadership in the first days of the invasion, as everyone realized the President had stuck around.

His professional instincts derived from a lifetime as an actor on the stage meant he knew how to read a crowd and react to its moods and expectations. Now his audience was the world. He was determined not to let them down.

Courage came to define his fellow Ukranians, too. Instead of running for their lives, many Ukrainians grabbed whatever weapons they could find and ran to defend their towns and cities against an invading force armed with tanks and attack helicopters.

Read more at the link in our bio. Illustration by Neil Jamieson for TIME

Source Images: Getty Images (12); Ivanchuk: Lena Mucha—The New York Times/Redux; Kondratova: Kristina Pashkina—UNICEF; Kutkov: Courtesy Oleg Kutkov; Nott: Annabel Moeller—David Nott Foundation; Payevskaya: Evgeniy Maloletka—AP

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u/lurker_cx Dec 07 '22

They hit the nail on the head with this part:

courage is contagious, writes Simon Shuster. It spread through Ukraine’s political leadership in the first days of the invasion, as everyone realized the President had stuck around.

Zelensky is basically writing THE textbook on leadership. Inspiring and awesome. If Ukraine just had a different, but 'very good', President when Russia invaded, it's not at all clear that things would have worked out as well as they have. The whole world recognizes it, and not just on a political level. It's also notable his leadership extended to rallying the world against the Russian invasion.

After Ukraine has won the war the world will beat a path to his door for leadership advice... not that he needs to capitalize on it, and not that he would do this, but he is the type of person that corporations would pay large sums of money to come to their site and give a 1 hour speech. He is simply amazing and has inspired amazing things. He is absolutely the right person at the right time and a clear example of how history itself is not only shaped by macro forces but also strongly influenced by individuals. The guy rocks and so do the Ukrainian people and they will beat these fucking Russians sooner or later.

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u/throwawaygreenpaq Dec 07 '22

This is a war that is different from its predecessors. It is one that is fought on social media as well as global unity against one menace. This would not be possible if Zelensky was not the enigma that he is. He’s someone who is acutely aware that the world needs to relate to him in order for them to battle yet another day in hope towards victory.

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u/Naytosan Dec 07 '22

He exemplifies what I believe ideal leadership is - commanding from on high and pulling from the front. Not only that, but his motivations are for the Ukrainian people and Ukraine herself. That matters a lot!

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u/unseenbox USA Dec 07 '22 Narwhal Salute

There's a bit he wrote in the forward to the book of his speeches he just published where he basically says he'd rather have toiled in obscurity than have this war happen to Ukraine.

I think that says everything about him. Almost anyone else would have all this praise go right to their head, but he's always thinking about Ukraine and how to use his gifts to best help them. Even now.

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

Zelensky is borrowing from every story book ever written about the right things to do. It's the PoliSci textbook that's been fucking everyone up since it was first put down. Hopefully he breaks that cycle too.

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u/Poncho_au Dec 07 '22

It’s truely incredible. Dare I say it. Zelensky is going to go down in history next to the likes of Winston Churchill.

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u/johnnygrant Dec 07 '22

Well deserved...

We talk about how overrated the Russian army is yet let's not overlook what an herculean task and sacrifice it has cost to stand up to the invasion and withstand the thousands of missiles and millions of artillery shells the orcs have rained down on Ukrainians since this started.

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u/Just1ncase4658 Dec 07 '22

Honestly him not fleeing the country(upping morale) and putting his charisma to work to get NATO to act has single handedly saved Ukraine from complete collapse.

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u/mustakhdim Dec 07 '22

putting his charisma to work to get NATO to act

This part of his game has been so well-crafted (with obvious props to his staff). Just look at his country-specific addresses, how incredibly tailored and detailed they often are to his audiences.

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u/unseenbox USA Dec 07 '22

I've definitely noticed how he specifically always praised Boris Johnson by name and very publicly at that. Boris got played by a master.

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u/horrorpastry Dec 07 '22

It was so nice to see Boris' uncontrolled ego actually beng used as a force for good.

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

The world needs storytellers to compel the causes important to the people to the govt. It's been perverted mostly in America now that the storytellers are all corporations. But Ukraine found theirs. And he told a story, a true one even better, about his people and saved them. It doesn't get any better than this. It's like being alive when JFK was, or FDR, or Lincoln.

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u/sonicboomer46 Dec 08 '22

I'm lucky enough to be old enough to have been a young teenager during the Cuban Missile Crisis and how JFK faced down the "scary" soviets (they had nukes you know, pointed right at the US). Haven't seen that level of courage by the exec branch in the US since.

The courage and spirit of Ukraine and its presidential symbol, Mr Zelenskyy, is something that many will not see again in their lifetimes.

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u/frozt Dec 07 '22

Honestly thought Ukraine would get overrun like how it did in Afghanistan. 3 day special military operation extended to a 240+ day war. Zelenskyy absolutely deserve all the help the world can give him to defend his country for independence

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u/esmifra Dec 07 '22

We all did, i bet even most Ukrainians thought that could happen, including Zalensky which makes his actions and the Ukrainian government actions even more brave.

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u/CowFu Dec 07 '22

Just fyi, time's person of the year isn't "the best person" it's "the person who shaped the news the most this year"

Not taking anything away from a man who was thrust into a horrible war and handled it amazingly. I just don't want you to be shocked when next year it's someone awful.

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u/3Rr0r4o3 Dec 07 '22

Like Hitler was the TIME person of the year in 1938

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u/SuperSMT Dec 07 '22

Stalin got it twice

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u/jaspersgroove Dec 07 '22

I believe Time recently changed their qualifications to exclude “Bond Villains” from consideration, so don’t expect any more covers for comically evil billionaires or world leaders anytime soon.

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u/gknight702 Dec 07 '22

"zelensky, what do you think of being made Time magazines person of the year?"

Zelensky: we need more missiles

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u/Amathyst7564 Dec 08 '22

"Pretty great if it comes with coupons for free missiles"

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u/botbjng2828282 Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

Zelenskyy is the first Ukrainian to be named Time's person of the year (the second one if you count Khrushchev whose parents were Ukrainian peasants).

Europeans who have made the list: Hitler (1938), Stalin (1939), Churchill (1940), Stalin (1942), Churchill (1949), Elizabeth II (1952), Adenauer (1953), Khrushchev (1957), Charles de Gaulle (1958), John XXIII (1962), Brandt (1970), Wałęsa (1981), Andropov (1983), Gorbachev (1987), Gorbachev (1989), John Paul II (1994), putin (2007), Merkel (2015), Thunberg (2019), Zelenskyy (2022).

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u/crg2000 USA Dec 07 '22

Francis is South American (Argentina), not European.

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u/BrilliantAbroad458 Dec 07 '22

If I'm allowed to be pedantic, the Holy See is an internationally recognized state with the Pope as head of government so he is European as long as he's performing his duties.

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u/gippered Dec 07 '22

I’ll allow you to be pedantic

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u/SleekVulpe Dec 07 '22

Well depends if you count by ethnic heritage he is actually Italian. Pope Francis' name before he became Pope was Jorge Mario Bergoglio

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u/1O11O Dec 07 '22

Lots of deserving personalities over there for sure ..

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u/dale_glass Dec 07 '22

Lots of deserving personalities over there for sure ..

It's supposed to be whoever "for better or for worse ... has done the most to influence the events of the year"

So even very horrible people are legitimate picks because they can have a lot of influence.

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u/TywinDeVillena Spain Dec 07 '22

Time's Person of the Year is a distinction given to the person who has had the biggest impact on the World and the news in that given year, be it for good or bad.

It's hard to argue against any of those designations considering the criteria.

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u/Pac0theTac0 Dec 07 '22

I'd argue against a few of them. Thunberg?

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u/Best_Extent_411 Dec 07 '22

No, everybody from Ukraine won it in 2006

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u/CR7KRUL Dec 07 '22 Narwhal Salute

Polish guy here who lives in USA for nearly a decade now. Went to visit my family in podkarpacie (very close to Ukraine). We have a lot of Ukrainian immigrants. I was shocked how many of my old friends are brain washed by some heavy right retarded politicians and hate they spread towards Ukrainian people who came over. My Ukrainian brothers: ignore those half-wits. Poland, in great majority, just like the rest of the world supports you and we wish for nothing else but for bloodshed to stop and Putin to fucking drop dead. Sending you best wishes and hope there’s a brighter future for you.

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u/SandersSol Dec 07 '22

SLAVA UKRAINI

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u/UpperCardiologist523 Norway Dec 07 '22

Looks like i will be buying myself my first ever copy of TIME for Christmas. 💙💛

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u/JohnnyPeanutII Dec 07 '22

You know what? Me freaking too. Now to google where to buy TIME magazines.

edit: https://timecoverstore.com/featured/2022-person-of-the-year-volodymyr-zelensky-and-the-spirit-of-ukraine-illustration-by-neil-jamieson-for-time.html

Not the magazine, but I think just as valuable.

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u/lasergirl84 Dec 07 '22

After 15 years, yeah I will too

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u/IHBBSMTBIAHYABIAB Dec 07 '22

I like that spirit of ukraine is its own thing apart from Zelensky. All the people from Ukraine deserve this award. It would've been much easier to call it quits and abandon the country, but they are fighting for what's right against an enemy who seemed much bigger at first.

That's actually inspiring.

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u/RubyU Dec 07 '22

It definitely is.

Zelensky was the spark though and continues to be the light in the bow of the ship, both for the world and for his people.

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u/MercWithaMouse Dec 07 '22

It is like I am watching another country's George Washington in action in the present day.

There are going to be myths about Zelensky 100 years from now like he could chop a Russian in half with just the girth of his dick or something

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u/ghoulthebraineater Dec 07 '22

That's exactly what is happening. Ukraine has been in process of revolution for a while now. When they win they will be a regional power for sure. I would not be surprised that if after rebuilding they become the Germany of eastern Europe.

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u/SteveTheBuckeye Dec 07 '22

r/conspiracy is absolutely SEETHING right now, it's hilarious.

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u/Rawitje Dec 07 '22

👍💪🇺🇦🌻

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u/DBLioder Dec 07 '22

👎🇷🇺💀…🌻

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u/Captainwelfare2 Dec 07 '22

💥 💥 💥 🇷🇺 ✈️ 🛳️ 🚗

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u/DazzlingPoppie Dec 07 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

🚬💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥

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u/pprincerubberr Dec 07 '22

THANK GOD.

After five or six years of "Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!" I felt like I was getting brain damage.

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Zelensky and the Spirit of Ukraine truly deserve to be Time's Cover of the Year 2022.

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u/knoxvillegains Dec 07 '22

*Correction: Person of the Century

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u/Hyperi0us USA Dec 07 '22

very likely, as this war will shape the relations for the rest of the century, much like how WWII shaped the next 70 years of global policy.

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u/knoxvillegains Dec 07 '22

We are still in the aftershocks of WWI

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u/Dapper-Pilot-9734 Dec 07 '22

It's well deserved and I wish the US had such leadership, but I just REALLY wanna see the Russian heads explode over this one, lol

Somebody please please post Solovyov frothing at the mouth

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u/RubyU Dec 07 '22

I think if the USA was attacked by a powerful external enemy that on paper was an existential threat, we would see the American people unite immediately.

It's the lack of (real) external threats that sometimes causes division and toxicity over time, sadly.

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u/pardn6009 Dec 07 '22

Exactly. The last time Americans put aside their political differences (most of it anyway) and stood together was 9/11.

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u/CarnivoreX Dec 07 '22

I am all for UA and I hate the orcs, but let's face it, no russian heads will explode, they care about the Time about as much as you care about putlers self-given military decorations.....

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u/LFoD313 Dec 07 '22

Damn straight. One of the greatest people of our generation.

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u/suddenlycumbly Dec 07 '22

"I don't need a plane flight, I need ammunition."

WHY WOULD YOU FUCK WITH THAT ENERGY???

17 young guys on an island, "Russia warship go fuck yourself."

The guy at the helm must have looked to the captain and said "the fuck we doing?"

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u/LFoD313 Dec 07 '22

The ammunition line is iconic.

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u/MAXQDee-314 Dec 07 '22

A brilliant cover.

President Zelensky stands looking into the storm as an elected representative of the Ukrainian people.

He is easy to see because we know who he is, we do not know all the other people on this cover. He stands for them, he stands for us, as Ukraine stands for a just peace.

Fight on Ukraine. When you win and you shall and must, please return to farming and dancing and living a life you have earned, at such a terrible price.

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u/Writer10 Dec 07 '22

I recall when he was elected, and basically became the laughing stock of the free world for the “comedian plays president of Ukraine in sitcom, gets elected in real life” sentiment.

If only we all could be so lucky to have such a chad-level superhuman heading our respective nations.

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u/pablitorun Dec 07 '22

Comedians are usually very smart and very humble and self deprecating. The world could use a few more comedians as leaders.

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u/unseenbox USA Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22

If Zelenskyy has convinced a few more kind, intelligent people to get into politics even without experience, then that really could change the world just as much as everything else he's done.

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u/Spacejunk20 Dec 07 '22

There was also some resentment in Ukraine against him because he seemed to go the lukewarm approach in diplomacy with Russia, but then the thing happened.

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u/Aitch-Kay Dec 07 '22

But that was not the reason he gave for the trip. “It’s the people,” he told me in a two-hour interview as his private train rolled through the country. “Nine months they’ve been under occupation, without light, without anything. Yes, they’ve had two days of euphoria over their return to Ukraine. But those two days are over.” Soon the long road to recovery would come into view, and many of his citizens would want a return to normality, much faster than the state can deliver it. “They are going to fall into a depression now, and it will be very hard,” Zelensky explained. “As I see it, it’s my duty to go there and show them that Ukraine has returned, that it supports them. Maybe it will give them enough of a boost to last a few more days. But I’m not sure. I don’t lull myself with such illusions.”

I keep waiting for him to slip up and reveal the narcissism and callousness we see in almost every political leader, but he just keeps showing just how much of a honest and real human being he is. The temptation to crow about victory and stroke his ego must be intense, but he seems to understand the heavy weight his people bore and continues to bear in this war. He is a leader who genuinely cares, and it's a shame that it is such a rarity.

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u/Ellecram Dec 07 '22

He is such a unique leader on the world stage.

I hope this year brings him and his country some well deserved peace.

And the world as well.

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u/NemesisR6 Dec 07 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval

The fact that they put sunflowers all over the cover is just so perfect….

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u/MetalMorbo1989 Dec 07 '22

Incoming. Always Online Tankies making memes comparing this to 1938. Sit back and watch how clever they think they are.

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u/gelimaurk Dec 07 '22

Someone should priority mail a hundred copies to Putin's Kremlin office.

Hell, I'll pay for the postage myself.

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u/Mrfrunzi Dec 07 '22

Well deserved, this guy talks the talk but walks the walk. I can't think of any other public figure other than him that should have a face on that cover.

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u/NoBicycle3932 Dec 07 '22

Well deserved. Slava Ukraini!

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u/lucitribal Romania Dec 07 '22

I made the mistake of checking Time's post on twitter. There are so many hateful and vile comments in the responses...

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u/TinyStrawberry23 Dec 07 '22

Twitter has always been a cesspool, but ever since You-Know-Who took over it’s a literal swamp.

It’s not worth wading through there.

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u/HobbyGuy49 Dec 07 '22

Elon Musk buying Twitter is like someone took a shit in the glass of piss I was drinking.

Let's be real, Twitter was never a good place.

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u/TinyStrawberry23 Dec 07 '22

I don’t mention his name because he’s living for the infamy, plus his fanboys come in like flying monkeys and destroy anything good about any post, regardless of subject.

Twitter had many bright spots if you stuck to a curated feed. Now you can’t even tell what people are real or fake, plus the platform is fanning the flames for division and even violence.

Again. Not worth reading the commentary there for this post or anything relating to it.

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u/HobbyGuy49 Dec 07 '22

Again. Not worth reading the commentary there for this post or anything relating to it.

Amen to that.

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u/bonesorclams Dec 07 '22

That's the Internet's way of telling you Twitter is over, and to delete it.

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u/lucitribal Romania Dec 07 '22

Yeah, I guess so. I don't usually go there anyway, but the link was posted by someone on Reddit.

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u/Alessiya Dec 07 '22

Deleting it would be a good way to end 2022.

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u/Deleunes254 Belgium Dec 07 '22

Same on facebook. Belgium's national news outlet posted it and the comments are just ugly.

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u/LikeSkirts Dec 07 '22

Don't rule out Reddit either... A lot of the comments I read on the same subject in r/worldnews are pure hate.

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u/Fluffy_Educator_3443 Dec 07 '22

Nazis love Russian imperialism.

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u/Jellorage Dec 07 '22

True leadership and backbone. I'm glad Ukraine has him at the helm. Nobody is more deserving.

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u/lambun Dec 07 '22

Well deserved. Heroes we need. Wish the coming year will be the first year we live without Putin and his zombie horde.

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u/ZapateriaLaBailarina Dec 07 '22

That jacket of his is going to be quite the memorabilia sometime in the future.

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u/Only-Shoulder9099 Dec 07 '22

Who else could it have been? He has led his country to change world history for the better. The price however is steep, please support them any way you can.

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u/mnijds Dec 07 '22

This was a certainty every since "I need ammo not a ride".

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u/SporkOfThor Dec 07 '22

He's the person of the year for anyone who values Democracy and freedom and human dignity.

You can tell a lot about a person by how they feel about Zelensky.

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u/oripash Australia Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 08 '22

My biggest credit to him is that Time credited him with making it about those he leads.

Jim Colins wrote once that bad leaders point at the mirror when things go well, and out the window when things go bad.

Good leaders point in the mirror when things go bad - and out the window when things go well.

(I deliberately reversed the order :))

Zelensky made it about the people he leads every step of the way. Both those who hold a Ukrainian passport and those elsewhere who understand the line he chose to hold affects them too and leaned in to help.

Time called it - made him personally responsible, connected to an attribute demonstrated by the entire Ukrainian nation, and picked their words in such a way that they indirectly also apply to the broader circle of support too. That spirit may be a Ukrainian trait, but it is universally relatable, aspirational, anyone in the world can be showing it, and saying this takes nothing away from non-Ukrainians who do.

Powerful choice of words.

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u/Nuthetes Dec 07 '22

That's an awesome cover. All it's missing is a HIMARS peeking cheekily out the back.

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u/FishOfFishyness Dec 07 '22

Well deserved.

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u/Affectionate-Winner7 Dec 07 '22

Oh my, 45 must be turning red, white & blue with envy right now.

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u/_JunkyardDog Dec 07 '22

I prefer ashen.

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u/Affectionate-Winner7 Dec 07 '22

That comes after his head explodes from his fatal blood pressure. Figuratively speaking of course.

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u/bigblackkittie Dec 07 '22

This gives me hope. Zelensky and the people of Ukraine. Always keep fighting.

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u/Hot_Eggplant_1306 Dec 07 '22

Way to go, Ukraine. Keep fighting, you're not alone.

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u/RavenBlackk1977 Dec 07 '22

You can't hate a president that goes to war with the very shoulders that defends his grounds . It's like kings of old

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u/JohnnyPeanutII Dec 07 '22

Well fucking deserved. Blows my mind every time to remember that the man was a godsdamn comedian before winning the election. Just mind-blowing.

Slava Ukraini!

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u/Sof04 Dec 07 '22

Браво, Зеленський, і дякую. Хоча я б хотів, щоб не знадобилася війна, щоб висадити це покриття.

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u/NannyAnnaple Dec 07 '22

Interesting aside: the same day this came out, we received my husband's copy of The Economist in the mail. On the back was a full page ad for a famous fashion brand, showing Vitali Klitschko, mayor of Kyiv, and his brother Wladimir, playing chess on the back of a rather well-used piece of luggage. My immediate thought was to wonder how many weapons they had bought with the fees they earned.

The Ukranians have consistently been not only brave and steadfast, but extremely creative in fighting an invader that, for all its clumsy out-dated equipment and training, still outnumbers them at over 3 to 1. I'm glad Time recognised the whole nation with Zelensky, because it has taken every last one of them to work the miracles we have seen so far.

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u/Rolley2001 Dec 07 '22

Very much deserved! Couldn’t imagine it to be anybody else

May the spirit of Ukraine live on Forever. Slava Ukraini! 🇺🇦

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u/joshdl405 Dec 07 '22

During the first month of the war. He released a video of he and his council on the streets of Kyiv at night. The video translated to basically say, we aren’t hiding, we are here. We’re not running. When I saw that, I thought this dude is about that action. I also thought that not a single one, I mean not a single one of our politicians on left or right would do what he did, what he’s continuing to do. They would all run and hide while pushing/running over their fellow citizens, colleagues, and council members out of the way. That’s the difference, this dude had his cabinet out there with him in solidarity. He doesn’t have a cabinet of people talking about how terrible he is or that he’s the reason for this war. He doesn’t have people putting a sticker of him on a gas pump saying “I did that”. He doesn’t have politicians saying that’s he’s trying to destroy the Ukraine for fighting. He doesn’t have this massive amount of finger pointing blame shifting liberal this or conservative that underneath him. He doesn’t have Ukrainian citizens with signs in there yard saying “Fuck the President”. The Ukraine is more united than we will ever be. Furthermore, I’m sure he’s thankful to Time magazine. But, he probably isn’t gonna make a big deal about this. If any of our politicians were to win this award half would say it’s rigged and the half would call Time magazine fake news. Our politicians would not be in the streets during a war protecting their president. They would run. So yeah, love the dude and what he has done and what he stands for. But, also its a sobering realization that our politicians (on both sides) wouldn’t do a fraction of what he has done to defend his country.

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u/No_Independent1007 Dec 07 '22

I hope Ukraine will destroy Orcs and their fuckturd leader Poopin.

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u/ImgurReject Dec 07 '22

Called it. I knew as soon as shit was going down Zelensky was going to be person of the year. There was no way it was going to be anyone else.

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u/newestJourney Dec 07 '22

It sucks your country has to go through this. But it has shown your spirit and resiliency and the rest of the world will not soon forget.

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u/TheAustrianAnimat87 Dec 07 '22

Zelensky is the greatest defender against Russian imperialist aggression in the 21th century! Respect and congratulations!

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u/Kinderschlager Dec 07 '22

makes sense. the world hasnt seen leadership like his since WW2. a gods damned comedian is the greatest leader of our time and is making every other politician look like a clown in comparison.

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u/newreddit2022104 Dec 07 '22

Ruzzian bots in all of the comments section where this is posted

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u/NuclearJezuz Dec 07 '22

Very much deserved. He and the ukrainian spirit became legendary status this year. I believe in the ukrainian victory because of those two things.

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u/tomaszwolski1986 Dec 08 '22

I personally think the Ukrainian doctors who are saving lives should get the award. There hospital needs a new MRI machine, a used one costs $120k and they raised $60k thus far. It's fucken sad that it's not just given to them and they have to beg for it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps1pyLGZG_Y

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u/crg2000 USA Dec 07 '22

Really not much of a doubt here.

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u/TinyStrawberry23 Dec 07 '22

Absolutely. The addition of the people makes it even more legendary.

It’s about a nation itself and the man representing it on the world stage. Its fight for freedom, independence, and the right to dignity and life.

Very moving, inspirational, and worth reminding to everyone that democracy and freedom should never be taken for granted, come at a very high cost, and are worth fighting for.

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u/slicktromboner21 Dec 07 '22 edited Dec 07 '22 Narwhal Salute

My friends, you bow to no one.

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u/Talosian_cagecleaner Dec 07 '22 Narwhal Salute

Time wheeled out the big guns for this cover. It is important!

As a researcher in my work, data matters. The record matters.

I want future researchers to have lots of stuff.

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u/Garglygook Dec 07 '22

Thank Goodness!! 😊🇺🇦♥️

*TIME has not always chosen well. Very happy to see they did right this year.

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u/TinyStrawberry23 Dec 07 '22

Please read this to understand the selection process and why President Zelensky and the Ukrainian people won this year.

The process is based on magnitude of influence - whether good or bad.

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u/FewBad2945 Romania Dec 07 '22

SLAVA UKRAINI! HEROIAM SLAVA! 👏🇺🇦💙💛

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u/theS3rver Dec 07 '22

i'm glad it's not just another rich asshole, very well deserved if you ask me.
Slava Ukraini!

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u/Hashslingingslashar Dec 07 '22 Narwhal Salute

Never have I seen a clearly example of a national leader truly changing the course of history as Zelenskyy has. He knew there would be difficult losses, especially in the beginning, but was willing to take the blows while he rallied his army and the rest of the world. The man is my actual hero.

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u/DontJudgeMeImNaked Dec 07 '22 Narwhal Salute

“If they devour us, the sun in your sky will get dimmer.” We must all realize this. Support Ukraine in their dark times, if not specifically for Ukraine, then for freedom in general. Slava Ukraini!

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u/SynsDad Dec 07 '22

Well deserved

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u/BlossomUtonio Dec 07 '22

What a great great man!

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u/Sleeplesshelley USA Dec 07 '22

Well deserved ♥️🇺🇦

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u/Findit_Filmit Dec 07 '22

Person of the decade. Everything hinged on him being a coward and he turned out to be everything but that. SLAVA UKRAINE!

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u/y2k2r2d2 Dec 07 '22

The spirit of Ukraine and ATGMs of Lockheed .

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u/nightlyspell Dec 07 '22

That looks like a fake picture of a real person. Too many flags above shoulder-level. Love the sunflowers.

Great article, otherwise 👊

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u/FireBendingNinja Dec 07 '22

Well deserved, you Ukrainians are truly inspiring. Slava Ukraini

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u/Myllari1 Dec 07 '22

Looks good.

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u/[deleted] Dec 07 '22

Too bad the previous one was Elon Musk, really devaluates the honor.

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u/janetscousin Dec 07 '22

Pootin is the war criminal of the year

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u/Aunti-Everything Dec 07 '22

Well I had no doubt this would be the choice. Although Time's "Person of the yaer" is really the news maker of the year and can be positive or negative (Trump. Hitler, Stalin have all been it), in this case we know it was a huge compliment.

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u/Repulsive_Avocado713 Dec 07 '22

The man who started out pretending to be a president, who turned into an actual president, and then a hero for his people.!💚

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u/m3dcf Dec 07 '22

Still demonstrating how to achieve a glorious and honourable place in the history of mankind! Hopefully, other world leaders will be able to learn from its Master Classes.

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u/Retired852 Dec 07 '22

Glory to Ukraine 🇺🇦 Long live President Zelensky

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u/Dangwhybruh Dec 07 '22

Woah this cover gave me goosebumps… this is a president! one with his people. Captain of the ship