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Ukraine’s TV Comedian President Finds His Role as Wartime Leader

After struggling in office, Zelenskiy has struck a popular chord with his speeches from a capital under dire threat from Russian invaders.

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Volodymyr Zelenskiy may be among the least likely wartime leaders the world has known, yet he’s winning praise in the role just when his political fortunes had been dwindling.

A Russian-speaking former television comic of Jewish background, Zelenskiy was elected as Ukraine’s president just under three years ago on a promise to bring peace. On Friday, he was at war in the capital Kyiv, accused by President Vladimir Putin of leading a fascist regime guilty of “genocide” in the east of the country.