Left and Right Praise Ukrainian President Zelenskyy

Headline Roundup March 1st, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has received praise from across the U.S. political spectrum for his actions in the face of Russia’s invasion. 

Zelenskyy remained in Kyiv during Russian attempts to take the Ukrainian capital; when the U.S. offered to evacuate him from the city, he reportedly replied, “I need ammunition, not a ride.” The Ukrainian leader has been active on social media and regularly released videos showing himself above ground in Kyiv. As a result, several commentators praised Zelenskyy; a CNN (Left) op-ed called him “a profile in courage,” and the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board (Lean Right) said he was “proving to be the man for the moment.” The praise marks a sharp shift from a week earlier; several pre-invasion op-eds questioned if the “comedian-turned-president” was “seriously in over his head.” 

While most voices across the spectrum spoke favorably of Zelenskyy and Ukraine, voices in left-rated outlets were more likely to directly and enthusiastically praise the Ukrainian president; an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times (Lean Left) wondered if Zelenskyy was “Ukraine’s George Washington.”

From the Left
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ANALYSIS

Before Russia invaded Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky was often derided as a comic turned unlikely politician. But with the help of social media, he has become the leader Ukraine did not know it needed.

Dressed in an army-green T-shirt or fleece, unshaven and wan, Mr. Zelensky has inspired Ukrainians to fight for their country — and Europeans to see Ukraine in a different light, as a victim of aggression fighting bravely for independence, freedom and democracy.

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From the Center
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OPINION

“Captain Ukraine,” the first “true” president of Ukraine, a hero, a leader. I would have never thought I would see people use these terms to refer to Volodymyr Zelensky.

Back in 2019, I did not vote for him. Like some other Ukrainians, I did not believe Zelensky, a comedian, actor and entertainer with no experience in politics, was suited for the job. His campaign was idealistic but lacked substance. He was often vague and raised concerns about where he stood toward Russia. He had his own powerful backer, the billionaire who owned the TV...

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From the Right
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OPINION

Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine invasion isn’t going according to his script, and for that the world owes a great debt to the heroic people of that besieged country of 41 million. Their resistance against fearsome odds is an inspiration and has awakened the world to the menace of the Kremlin autocrat. Ukraine deserves more support to raise the costs of war for Mr. Putin with arms, the toughest sanctions, and global ostracism.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky is proving to be the man for the moment as he rallies his country and...

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