Volodymyr Zelenskyy

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Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy (1978–) is president of Ukraine (and resident badass) since 2019, after previously working as an actor and comedian. He became president after the 2019 Ukrainian presidential electionWikipedia when he defeated Petro Poroshenko.Wikipedia In February 2022, his main challenge became to defeat Vladimir Putin's Russia after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, survive the war, and lead his people and nation to victory.

Early life[edit]

Volodymyr Zelenskyy was born in Kryvyi RihWikipedia, Ukraine on 25 January 1978.[1] Zelenskyy as a small child temporarily moved to Erdenet, Mongolia for four years where he started school.[1] Back in Ukraine, Zelenskyy studied at Kyiv National Economic University in 1995 and graduated with a law degree in 2000. He also found his romantic partner at the same school where they would later marry and have 2 kids.[1] His native language is Russian, but he also speaks Ukrainian and English.

Acting career[edit]

Zelenskyy's acting career focused on comedy and romantic comedy in joining the Ukraine TV series company Kvartal 95 Studio.Wikipedia[2] Zelenskyy featured in a number of movies, two TV shows, and one musical film which are listed below:

Movies[edit]

TV shows[edit]

Musical movies[edit]

Zelenskyy's acting career had not just paid off at making comedy, but also increased the ratings of the Kvartal 95 Studio TV since the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.Wikipedia[3] Similarly, the Servant of the People series would see a surge in popularity in the wake of the invasion as Netflix acquired the rights to air the show internationally, and countless television stations have also expressed their interest in broadcasting it.[4]

From clown to politician[edit]

Zelenskyy entered the political world when he joined the Servant of the PeopleWikipedia political party in 2017, a party inspired by and named after the satirical TV show Servant of the PeopleWikipedia[5] in which Zelenskyy plays a high school teacher who gets elected president. In 2018 he became the leader of the party, and he went on to run in the 2019 presidential election.[5]

Zelenskyy vs Poroshenko

On 31 December 2018, Zelenskyy officially declared that he was running for President of Ukraine against then-incumbent Petro Poroshenko. The voting process lasted from 31 March 2019 (first round) to 21 April 2019 (second round). Zelenskyy ran on a populist, anti-corruption, civil-libertarian, pro-European Union platform whose promises and positions included negotiating an end to the War in the Donbas, support for E-democracyWikipedia and referenda[6], making it easier for Ukrainian citizens living in occupied territories to collect Ukrainian pensions[7], legalizing and regulating cannabis and sex work[8], and ending the policy of giving elected officials immunity from prosecution[9]. He ran an unorthodox campaign in which he often appeared onstage with members of his comedy troupe[10], and he successfully pitched himself to voters as the corruption-fighting, middle-class man that he played on TV.

Results[edit]

Zelenskyy won the 2019 Ukrainian presidential election to everyone's shock. He won both the first round and the second round and ended up getting 73% of the votes, while Poroshenko only got 24%.[11]

Victory celebration[edit]


President of Ukraine[edit]

Zelenskyy became president of Ukraine on 20 May 2019, where he would face challenges to stabilize his country.

2019[edit]

Trump-Ukraine scandal[edit]

Zelenskyy in 2019 faced his first challenge with the Trump-Ukraine scandal when Donald Trump called Zelenskyy to blackmail him in order to spy on Joe Biden so that Trump could gain advantage in the 2020 United States presidential election by threatening to withhold military aid to Ukraine.[12] Trump was desperate to win not only against Biden but also to get dirt on Biden's son, Hunter Biden, but this backfired due to Trump's stupidity.[12]

The scandal began by an anonymous CIA whistleblower leaking the telephone conversation between Trump and Zelenskyy back on 25 July 2019, and showing how it was not really a normal conversation but blackmail.[12] The CIA officer made the complaint on 12 August 2019, where the anonymous CIA officer showed it to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community Michael AtkinsonWikipedia where he made sure it was a genuine leak and sent it to the Director of National Intelligence Joseph MaguireWikipedia.[13] This further led to public knowledge of the scandal. Trump desperately wanted the whistleblower to be outed, without success, but he had bigger trouble with the impeachment that was right up his ass.

Zelenskyy's reaction to the scandal was to deny it as he said it was a normal conversation with no blackmail, however this is clearly a lie.[14]

2020[edit]

Iran shoots down a Ukrainian plane![edit]

Iran shot down the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752Wikipedia on 8 January 2020; an error with their radar systems made Iran think the plane was an American cruise missile.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy's reaction to the shooting of flight 752 was heightened with empathy to the families that lost 11 Ukrainians out of a total 176 passengers.[15] Zelenskyy also was happy that Iran acknowledged responsibility for the attack (which came forth through international pressure); however. Zelenskyy was not fully satisfied, as he wanted Iran to carry out full-scale investigations, prosecuting those responsible, and accepting full guilt.[16] As of 2023, Iran still has yet to accept full guilt for the attack.

COVID-19 in Ukraine[edit]

The COVID-19 pandemic eventually hit Ukraine on 3 March 2020. The origin of COVID-19 in Ukraine started when a man travelled on a plane from Italy and arrived in a Romanian town of SuceavaWikipedia on 26 February, 2020. He later moved to Ukraine by car in the western city of Chernivtsi,Wikipedia where from there it has caused more than 5 million infections and over 100,000 deaths according to the World Health Organization.Wikipedia[17][18] Due to this, Zelenskyy ordered a firing squad on the man as punishment for spreading COVID-19 in Ukraine.

Zelenskyy's response to the COVID-19 in Ukraine was positive, unlike many world leaders bungling their responses to COVID-19. At first, he banned mass events and closed down schools for three weeks, starting on 12 March. Zelenskyy also restricted people from interacting with each other in public settings such as restaurants, bars, gyms, and shopping centers.[19] While only 6 percent of Ukrainians felt the government was overreacting, which would make the Ukrainian COVID-19 handing situation good; in reality, Ukraine, like many other nations suffered from the healthcare crisis.[19] The crisis caused a shortage of medical equipment and hospital capacity. In order for Ukraine to stop its shortage of medical equipment, the government banned all exports of it.[19]

Burial of a Ukrainian citizen who died of COVID-19.

2021[edit]

Attempting to stop Putin's dreams[edit]

Putin's territorial madness of Donetsk People's RepublicWikipedia and Luhansk People's RepublicWikipedia would try to create a Soviet Union nostalgia of Putin's delusional dreams of making Russia great again. Zelenskyy was trying to stop Putin from achieving this dream by trying to make Ukraine part of Russia and to stop Putin from pressuring Ukraine to not join NATO. This whole crisis started all the way back in 2013 when Ukrainian president Viktor YanukovychWikipedia refused to sign the European Union–Ukraine Association Agreement,Wikipedia which was basically an agreement for Ukraine to have relations with the EU and be more like them. Due to this refusal to sign the agreement, the people of Ukraine went full psycho on him by triggering the Euromaidan protestsWikipedia on 21 November 2013, which later during the late Euromaidan protests on 18 February 2014 triggered the Revolution of DignityWikipedia to completely overthrow him and the government.

Putin, however, could not accept this and soon launched the Annexation of CrimeaWikipedia on 20 February 2014, just two days after the Ukrainian revolution. This began the Russo-Ukraine war in 2014 until the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022. Between 3 March 2021 and 24 February 2022, tensions were rising between Ukraine and Russia in a not so good direction. This happened because Ukrainian politician Viktor MedvedchukWikipedia was cracked down on due to being pro-Russian, causing a burst of renewed tensions between Ukraine and Russia that ultimately led to Russia initiating military violence. [20] The tensions eventually died down, only to be escalated again in November 2021, starting the violence and tension all over again.

Zelenskyy was desperate to stop Putin's stupidity from becoming a reality by begging Joe Biden and NATO to speed up the process to enter NATO. [21] Even before Zelenskyy's begging, he tried to settle peace agreements with Putin, however, it all came to failure at the end of the day since Putin's patience had run out, and he would do something that became the biggest challenge he has ever faced.

Surviving Putin's dreams[edit]

Putin launched his full scale invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 and now Zelenskyy had to survive it. Unlike Saddam Hussein, who was a coward who hid himself away during the American invasion of Iraq, Zelenskyy stood his ground during the invasion and the war. Zelenskyy refused to leave office and instead fought against Putin even when the Russian military was outside of his home coming towards him in Kyiv. Zelenskyy until now has survived the ongoing war, but whatever happens to him during the war or after, he will always be remembered as a brave hero who stood his ground and fought for his country and people.

Reaction to Russia's invasion[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Goyal, S. (2022, March 9). Volodymyr Zelenskyy Biography: Birth, Age, Early Life, Education, Entertainment Career, path to Presidency, Political Views, and More. Jagranjosh.com; Jagran Josh. https://www.jagranjosh.com/general-knowledge/volodymyr-zelenskyy-biography-1646804381-1
  2. https://theconversation.com/volodymyr-zelensky-how-acting-prepared-the-ukrainian-president-for-the-role-of-his-life-178955, The Conversation, Volodymyr Zelenskyy: how acting prepared the Ukrainian president for the role of his life.
  3. a TV comedy series starring Zelenskyy as president gets boost in popularity. - The Times Of Israel
  4. Whitten, Sarah (16 March 2022). "Netflix makes Volodymyr Zelenskyy's show 'Servant of the People' available to U.S. streamers". CNBC. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  5. 5.0 5.1 https://en.as.com/en/2022/02/28/latest_news/1646068780_249806.html, Diario, Was Volodymyr Zelenskyy a comedian? How did Zelenskyy become president?
  6. https://ecfr.eu/publication/zelensky_unchained_what_ukraines_new_political_order_means_for_its_future/ Zelensky unchained: What Ukraine’s new political order means for its future
  7. https://impakter.com/volodymyr-zelensky-the-promises-of-ukraines-new-president/ Zelensky: The Promises of Ukraine’s New President
  8. https://www.unian.info/politics/10521186-zelensky-supports-legalization-of-prostitution-marijuana-in-ukraine-ukraine-could-have-own-las-vegas.html Zelensky supports legalization of prostitution, marijuana in Ukraine: Ukraine could have own Las Vegas
  9. https://dgap.org/en/research/publications/mystery-volodymyr-zelenskiy, Solonenko, The Mystery of Volodymyr Zelenskiy
  10. Miller, C. (2019, April 23). Crowdsourcer In Chief: Ukrainian Funnyman Takes Unorthodox Path To Top Of Presidential Pack. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. https://www.rferl.org/a/crowdsourcer-in-chief-ukrainian-funnyman-takes-unorthodox-path-to-top-of-presidential-pack/29796662.html
  11. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48007487, BBC News, Ukraine election: Comedian Zelenskyy wins presidency by landslide.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Trump impeachment: The short, medium and long story. - BBC News
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trump%E2%80%93Ukraine_scandal#Whistleblower_complaints, See Wikipedia on Trump–Ukraine scandalWikipedia.
  14. See the Wikipedia article on Trump-Ukraine scandal § Ukraine.
  15. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky vows to ‘establish the truth’ in Iran plane crash - New York Post
  16. Ukraine president’s message to Iran: ‘We insist on the full acceptance of guilt’ - Los Angeles Times
  17. https://www.forbes.com/sites/katyagorchinskaya/2020/03/03/first-case-of-coronavirus-registered-in-ukraine/?sh=463c35b4793c, Forbes, First Case Of Coronavirus Registered In Ukraine.
  18. https://covid19.who.int/region/euro/country/ua, World Health Organization, COVID-19 in Ukraine.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 https://huri.harvard.edu/covid-19-ukraine-assessing-governments-response, Harvard University, COVID-19 in Ukraine: Assessing the Government's Response.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prelude_to_the_2022_Russian_invasion_of_Ukraine#Initial_tensions_(March%E2%80%93April_2021), See Wikipedia on Prelude to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.Wikipedia
  21. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volodymyr_Zelenskyy#2021%E2%80%932022_Russo-Ukrainian_crisis, See Wikipedia on Volodymyr Zelenskyy.Wikipedia