Vladimir Zelensky is 45 today. At 44, the President of Ukraine received both an Oscar and the title of Human years, and was one step away from the Nobel Prize. But there is one “but”: the price at which all this was achieved.
Vladimir Zelensky, without exaggeration, has become almost a superhero for the whole world.His courage and courage inspire other leaders. And residents of a number of countries can silently envy that Ukraine has such a president. However, it is very painful that all this became possible when our country is being torn apart by war.
And since Volodymyr Zelensky is a representative of an entire multi-million dollar Ukraine, he has collected a number of awards and prestigious awards for almost a year. And we will try to focus on those that are especially valuable for our state. After all, all these prizes and awards are not only for the President of our state, but also for each of us. All of us, side by side, courageously resist the enemy. And we all daily prove that victory will definitely be ours.
These mentions are already small achievements that demonstrate that Ukraine has not been forgotten. That the war unleashed by Russia did not tire anyone. And that we will continue to receive the help and support we so desperately need right now.
Note that Vladimir Zelensky for almost a year has also become the face of a number of covers of world publications. We would gladly devote our attention to each of them, but we are afraid that it will be too long. So further down the text we will spread the key ones. You will be able to seehow the attitude towards our state and Ukrainians was changing at the beginning of a full-scale invasion and in the 12th month of the war through the prism of media coverage.
Zelensky is the face of resistance along with all the people/Photo by Vanity Fair
Ronald Reagan Freedom Medal
Let's start with the Ronald Reagan Freedom Medal. Volodymyr Zelensky received it in early March. The award was presented to Mrs. Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Oksana Markarova, because at that time the head of state rejected even the idea of leaving the country. Frederick Ryan, head of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, handed over this medal.
He stressed that this medalis awarded for the leadership of the head of the Ukrainian state, as well as the invincibility of the spirit of millions of Ukrainians.Those who boldly defend their right to choose their future and inspire the entire civilized world to fight. The struggle for the values of freedom and democracy, to which Ronald Reagan devoted his life.
Zelensky with the flag of Ukraine on the cover of The New Yorker/Photo by The New Yorker
Received the highest order of the Czech Republic
On March 7, it became known that the President of the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, awarded the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky. He received the highest state badge of the Czech Republic – the Order of the White Lion.
The Ukrainian President showed courage, courage, and although the United States offered to evacuate him, he remained in the capital of the country, from where he controls its defense, Zeman emphasized.
Person of the Year in Poland
And already on March 10, Volodymyr Zelensky became the “Person of the Year” in Poland. The solemn transfer of the diploma took place at the session session of the Małopolska Sejmik. Vyacheslav Voinarovsky, Consul General of Ukraine in Poland, was invited to attend. He received the award.
The title “Person of the Year 2021” was given to Zelensky to to express the solidarity of the Polish people and recognize the heroism of the people of Ukraine.
< p> Leader of the free world according to Polish Newsweek/Photo by Newsweek
Zelensky received the coat of arms of Tallinn
In early May, Vladimir Zelensky received the coat of arms of Tallinn. The corresponding award in Estonia is given to show special respect. It is known that the decision was made by the city council on May 5, and the award was handed over on May 15.
Chairman of the Tallinn City Council Evgeny Osinovsky handed over the award to the first deputy chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Alexander Kornienko. He stressed that he was confident in the victory over the aggressor country, and also condemned its criminal actions.
In Europe in the 21st century there is no place for violent border changes, killing people and bombing cities . I am confident that we will win this war,” he stressed.
Spiegel showed a cover with inflexible Ukrainians/Photo by Spiegel
Even then, in his speech, he addressed the leaders. The head of state stressed thatif Ukraine fails, then Poland, the Baltic countries and the rest of Europe will be next.
This state has an appetite , which violated international laws and our territorial integrity – big.It also appetizingly comes in business, without any laws of the market. They will begin to dictate conditions to you: how to do business, with whom to do business, with which states to cooperate and which not, Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned.
Award from the Boris Nemtsov Foundation
Also at the beginning of the summer, Vladimir Zelensky was presented with an award by the foundation of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. He received a distinction for courage. Note that before that it was awarded only to Russians. It was about opposition politicians and activists.
Johnson presented the Churchill Prize
On July 26, Volodymyr Zelensky received the Winston Churchill Leadership Award. It was presented online by then British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The head of the International Society, Lawrence Geller, noted that events and phenomena are taking place today that have not been observed since the time of Winston Churchill 80 years ago.
Like Winston Churchill, President Zelensky shows thattyranny must not succeed,that people should have the right to choose their own path and their own lives,” Lawrence Geller said.
Vladimir Zelensky then stressed that this award would not have been possible if not for the entire Ukrainian people. Each of us has risen to defend our freedom from the onslaught of tyranny.
How Zelensky Leads/Zelensky's TIME cover goes around the world
Oxi Courage Award Award
The Ukrainian people were also honored with the Oxi Courage Award at the end of October. This award is a symbol of the victory of democracy. It should be noted that the solemn ceremony was held on October 28 at the US Institute of Peace. And Mrs. Oksana Markarova, Ukraine's Ambassador to the United States, was honored to receive the award.
Jake Sullivan, National Security Adviser to the President of the United States, presented the award to our President. The audience greeted the president's address with standing ovation and applause, the Ambassador noted.
Zelensky and the “Spirit of Ukraine” received the title of Person of the Year/Photo by TIME
Oscar statuette by Sean Penn
In early November, Hollywood actor, film director, screenwriter and producer Sean Penn arrived in Ukraine. Hehanded over his own Oscar statuette to the head of our state.
Although this has nothing to do with official awards, it contains no less important symbolism. This “Oscar” is a symbol of faith in the victory of Ukraine. And he will be in our state until until we defeat the enemy. Such is the plan of Sean Penn.
Sean Penn presented Zelensky with an Oscar/Photo by The Daily Mail
At the end of the year, on December 14, 2022, the people of Ukraine and Vladimir Zelensky were awarded the Sakharov Prize. The head of state then made a powerful speech in the European Parliament. The President urged not to delay and help bring to justice those responsible for unleashing the war.
To prevent any repetition of aggression. This will be the most effective defense of freedom, human rights, the rule of law and common values that the Sakharov Prize embodies,” the President emphasized.
Zelensky and Putin are the face of the year 2022, but with different connotations/Photo by The Week
Zelensky and Ukrainians received the Charlemagne Prize
The head of state, as well as every Ukrainian, was awarded the annual European Charlemagne Prize for 2023. Ukraine was celebrated for the protection of European values on December 19, 2022.
As noted in the message, the Ukrainian people are the victims of an incredibly brutal Russian war of aggression. A war contrary to international law.
The Ukrainian people, led by their President Volodymyr Zelensky, protect not only the sovereignty of their country and the lives of their citizens, but also Europe and European values, emphasize organizers of the award.
Freedom Award from Lithuania
On New Year's Eve, December 27, Lithuania awarded the Freedom Prize to Ukraine and Volodymyr Zelensky. At the same time, the head of state was invited to come to the presentation of the award, which was scheduled for January 13 in Vilnius.
Victorija Cmilytė-Nielsen, representative of the Seimas, emphasized thatour state today is a European democracy.And it has to fight for the survival of its territory, culture and people. In addition, Ukraine is fighting for the freedom of all Europeans without exception.
Already on January 13, a ceremony was held in which Vladimir Zelensky participated online. In his speech, he stressed that Ukraine, together with its international partners, jointly strive for victory.
Until the final victory over this empire. Russia will no longer be able to dictate anything to the peoples of Europe when we end this war with an unequivocal defeat of the aggressor,” Volodymyr Zelensky assured.
The Week showed another cover with Zelensky and Putin/Photo by The Week
Strong and indestructible
It would be extremely unfair to ignore the cocktail that was created in honor of Vladimir Zelensky. Yes, this is not exactly an award and a prize. But this is one of the formats for honoring the courage and invincibility of the leader of the Ukrainian people.
As the creators of the drink say, the Zelensky cocktail is as strong and refreshing as the President of Ukraine himself. I wonder what his secret private club of special forces has prepared. And its exact recipe is still a secret. It is only known that it contains both vodka and moonshine.
Inspired not only politicians
And finally, we decided to recall small but memorable things related to Vladimir Zelensky. It was not only the media and politicians who spoke about him. He was not only invited to many interviews.His name was capturedand in a number of interesting and sometimes strange things.
For example, an ancientfossil creature, which is more than 150 million years old,< /strong> was named after the President of Ukraine. Moreover,little Ukrainians also received the name Zelensky. And in India they can taste the tea of the same name. Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, the pub was renamed, and now it is called “Zelensky”. And earlier, he reminded everyone of the bunker grandfather.
And we also remembered howin the spring the White House issued two commemorative coins. One of them is dedicated to Ukraine, and the second – to Vladimir Zelensky. As for souvenirs, they are simply impossible to count. The President inspired a number of interesting items, from full-length pillows to busts, from cute cups to sweets. And this list is endless.
Zelensky is not only in the news/Photos from social networks
All these mentions, awards, awards and covers are a demonstration of that that the world cares about. That he did not forget about the war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine. And all this is a reminder for each of us that we are all fighting together for victory and independence. And that our common future will depend on our actions!