In an age when true heroism is so rare, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s call has resonated around the world. Zelensky could have fled—Washington had offered him a safe exit from Kyiv—but he chose to fight for his country despite slim chances of victory.
Days ago, Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, started a brutal war in Ukraine, eager to return the country to the Moscow yoke. The Russians quickly approached Kyiv, hoping to “behead” the Zelensky government – that is, to kill Zelensky – and install a puppet regime.
However, Zelensky was not intimidated, even after multiple assassination attempts carried out by Putin’s assassination squads. He faced opposition and stood his ground, displaying a courage that many believe no longer exists in today’s world.
Almost unknown outside his native Ukraine before the war, Zelensky won the respect of his countrymen and the adoration of Western elites and ordinary citizens alike. Show an indomitable spirit in an unfair struggle. The Russian armed forces are much better than the Ukrainian armed forces, but the Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers have shown that courage is still important for something on the battlefield. We have not seen such a burning desire in Europe to repel an enemy since the Russians defended Stalingrad against German invaders in World War II.
Zelensky, the 44-year-old artist turned servant of the people, has proven to fit in with his opponent, Putin, the steadfast intelligence chief and judo expert. Putin, who began as an agent of the KGB, working closely with all the most brutal and treacherous things that the Soviet Union offered, resorted to all the tricks that he had learned in those days. However, Zelensky managed to outsmart him in some situations.
Unlike Putin, who doesn’t use email and is stuck in a pre-internet era, Zelensky has proven himself a skilled fighter on a new digital frontier. Zelensky won the 2019 election thanks to a competent social media campaign. In the current crisis, he has shown the world that he is the master of social networks, leading a concerted effort on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with the honor and competence of the conductor who directs his band. One artist After Zelensky is used to reading the audience, he knows what the West wants to hear. He referred Putin to the background of the information war.
This talent for narrative creation has paid off. Zelensky won the hearts of Western planners and policymakers, who are eager to support the Ukrainian charismatic. Western intellectuals are demanding that Zelensky be given the no-fly zone he wants, even if it means dragging the United States and NATO into an armed conflict with Russia that would almost certainly escalate into nuclear war. Zelensky may have won West’s heart, but wouldn’t that cost West his head?
We all see President Zelensky as a hero, but some of his decisions aren’t as straightforward as Westerners think. Zelensky, like Ukraine itself, is full of contradictions. Ukrainians love freedom, but they are some of the most corrupt people in Europe. Although Zelensky declared his love for his homeland, he could not protect it from a devastating attack that would kill large numbers of civilians, wipe out the country’s borders, and wipe out its culture.
Will Zelensky be brave or reckless? Zelensky must know that Putin will never allow Ukraine to enter the West’s political or military orbit without a fight. Putin has been planning for twenty years to reverse the outcome of the Cold War. In his view, losing Ukraine to Western influence is not an option.
However, Zelensky often chooses to provoke him. With thousands of Russian soldiers gathered along its border, Zelensky publicly asked to join NATO. Now, with Russian boots on Ukrainian soil, Putin is urging to escalate his offensive, even daring the Russians to bomb Kyiv to the ground. To paraphrase a famous phrase about Vietnam, it is possible that Zelensky would allow his country to be destroyed in order to save it.
Is Zelensky the Ukrainian, George Washington, willing to sacrifice his life to set his country on the path to freedom? Or is your courage driven by me? performer And for his dramatic feel? Perhaps a little of both, and the following balanced account will help the reader determine what this new star of geopolitics has to do.