During the speech, the president said that he was looking forward to a time of peace for his country next year.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recorded a video message for Politico after the publication named him the most influential person in Europe.
He thanked the citizens of the country who defend their independence, as well as all Ukrainian friends in Europe who help maintain the stability of Ukraine. In his address, the head of the Ukrainian state expressed hope for the end of the war next year:
“I believe that Ukrainians will be the most influential next year as well, but already in peacetime.”
He thanked for this award for Ukrainians, precisely for Ukrainians, because a leader can be truly influential only when he is the common goal of his people.
The President of Ukraine emphasized that we are as united as possible, and therefore as strong as possible. He added that Ukrainians are focused on protecting our independence.
“We were faced with the threat of losing everything – and that’s why we found the strength to become number 1. The Ukrainian military, which protects all of us on the front lines, is number 1,” Zelenskyi said.
Ukrainian businessmen who, despite the total war, supply everything necessary for the life of the country, save jobs and pay taxes – they are number one, says the president.
“Ukrainian doctors, energy workers, sappers, volunteers, drivers, construction workers, employees of defense enterprises, teachers, policemen, diplomats… Hundreds of those who help millions get through this terrible time – they are number one,” the President of Ukraine emphasized.
He thanked everyone for supporting our country and ended his speech with the words “Glory to Ukraine!”.
Politico published a ranking of the 28 most influential people in Europe. The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, took first place in it, while his Russian colleague, Volodymyr Putin, received the title of “loser of the year”.
In total, 28 politicians were included in the rating. Among them are Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Maloni, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and others. There was also a place for Putin, but only in the role of “loser of the year”. As the publication noted, his dream of a “great Russia” is unlikely to come true.