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Zelensky's past as an entertainer may have prepared him for his most crucial role

By Travis M. Andrews and Ashley Fetters Maloy

01 Mar 2022 · 6 min read

The video, posted the day after Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine, is lit in sepia tones. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stands in the middle of a street in his war-rattled nation with several other Ukrainian officials.

"We are all here, defending our independence, our country. And it will stay that way," Zelensky says in Ukrainian. "Glory to the men and women defending us. Glory to Ukraine. Glory to the heroes."

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