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How has Zelesnky changed since Russia’s invasion?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has become the face of Ukrainian resistance against Putin’s ongoing invasion.

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- How is Zelenskyy changed since Russia's invasion? When Volodymyr Zelenskyy was elected Ukrainian president in 2019 with 73% of the national vote, he had little political experience and was best known for his role in the comedy "Servant of the People." Now after four years as president, Zelenskyy has become the face of Ukrainian resistance against Putin's ongoing war in Ukraine, which has just entered its first year of official conflict.


- Zelenskyy gained international attention for his commitment to remaining in Ukraine as the Russian offensive broke out, which is historically unusual given one of his predecessors, Viktor Yanukovych, fled the country when protests erupted in 2014. Over the past 12 months, Zelenskyy has attempted to sustain Ukrainian morale with visits to the front lines, regular national addresses, and meetings with various world leaders, consistently urging them to impose sanctions against Russia. Zelenskyy has grown into his demanding political role, making a name for himself as a composed and passionate military leader after only four years in office.