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Volodymyr Zelensky: the unlikely wartime hero

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From a comedian turned wartime leader, Volodymyr Zelensky has become a beacon of resilience

Volodymyr Zelensky once played a president in the political satire ‘Servant of the People’.

Since then, Mr Zelensky has become an unlikely hero, as he steers his nation through war.

When Russian troops stormed into Ukrainian territory on 24 February, Mr Zelensky said he was “enemy number one”.

After the U.S. offered an evacuation mission for the leader, the 44-year-old said he “I need ammunition, not a ride.”

It signalled a shift from traditional wartime leaders and a new dawn of heroes. Mr Zelensky risked his own safety as he donned the camouflage attire and toured parts of his war-torn country.

In December, he was named TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’ for 2022.

Editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said the decision was the most “clear-cut in memory”.

“Whether the battle for Ukraine fills one with hope or with fear, Volodymyr Zelenskyy galvanised the world in a way we haven’t seen in decades,” he said.

The title meant Zelensky joined previous winners including Greta Thunberg, Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama.

“For proving that courage can be as contagious as fear, for stirring people and nations to come together in defence of freedom, for reminding the world of the fragility of democracy—and of peace—Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the spirit of Ukraine are Time’s 2022 Person of the Year,” Mr Felsenthal said.

Mr Zelensky has addressed allies around the world. From U.S. Congress, to Australian Parliament, he has pushed for more weaponry and assistance for his nation.

“Russia has attacked not just us, not just our land, not just our cities; it went on a brutal offensive against our values, basic human values,” he told a joint sitting of U.S. Congress in March.

“It threw tanks and planes against our freedom, against our right to live freely in our own country choosing our own future,” he explained.

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Daylight reveals full extent of destruction in Turkey

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A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake has shaken the country

 
Daylight is revealing the full scale of destruction following a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in central Turkey.

The massive quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres, near heavily populated areas.

The death toll has now surpassed 100 and authorities warn this number will only rise.

As snow fell, residents were forced to find shelter on the streets.

The tremor was so significant it was felt felt in Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria.

The governor of Turkey’s southeastern province has taken to Twitter, saying his region has a number of destroyed buildings – urging people to move to safe locations.

This footage shows a survivor being pulled from the rubble. #trending #featured

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Beyoncé reins supreme at 65th Grammy Awards

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Beyoncé has broken the record for most wins ever

 
Beyoncé has reminded us all once again why she truly is the Queen Bee – breaking the record for the most Grammy Award wins of all time.

Trying not to be emotional, the singer thanked her family, including her late uncle Jonny.

Jonny helped make her stage outfits before she rose to fame while also introducing her to much of the sonic influences we hear on Renaissance.

Know as “music’s biggest night”, the Grammys are the industry’s most prestigious awards.

Adele, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Shania Twain and Stevie Wonder were just some of the stars in attendance.

Speaking of Harry, he won best pop album for Harry’s House.

Dressed in a white tux, Styles received his award with a kiss from Jennifer Lopez. #trending #featured

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TikTok could be banned in the United States

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TikTok in the firing line after Chinese balloon was shot down

 
China has hit back at the U.S. after officials shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina.

Washington says it was being used to monitor strategic sites.

But Beijing rejects this – claiming the balloon was a civilian airship used to monitor the weather.

The incident is just the latest in a long line of diplomatic disputes between the two countries.

Now, TikTok could be banned in the U.S. in the wake of the incident.

Republicans are now pushing for Washington to distance itself from the Beijing-based app. #trending #featured

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