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Introduction: Zelenskyy: The Man Who Took on Putin (01:44)


This segment orients viewers to the topic of Volodymyr Zelenskyy's rise from popular television actor to politician and wartime leader.

Zelenskyy's Background (05:23)

In February 2022, President Zelenskyy makes a televised plea to save Ukraine. Zelenskyy, born in 1978, grows up in an industrial town. In 2000, he joins an improve community and Kvartal 95. He marries in 2003, performs on "Dancing with the Stars," and appears in movies.

Political Turmoil in Ukraine (05:56)

In November 2013, pro-EU protests erupt; President Viktor Yanukovych flees to Russia. Vladimir Putin invades and annexes Crimea, and Moscow-backed separatists take over the Donbas region. Zelenskyy participates in a political satire that airs in 2015. He announces his bid for presidency in 2018.

President Zelenskyy (03:23)

Zelenskyy gives an unusual inauguration speech. He delivers on some of his reform promises, but his focus is on the Donbas region. Zelenskyy becomes embroiled in a U.S. political scandal.

Threat of Attack (03:55)

Zelenskyy and Putin meet in December 2019 and agree to a cease-fire in Donbas. In 2021, Russia amasses forces at Ukraine's border. Zelenskyy initially downplays the activity. On the eve of war, he addresses the Russian people.

War in Ukraine (04:18)

Putin invades Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Zelenskyy remains calms and mobilizes Ukrainians; his selfie videos are proof of life and messages of solidarity. The war continues and nobody knows how it will end.

Credits: Zelenskyy: The Man Who Took on Putin (00:30)

Credits: Zelenskyy: The Man Who Took on Putin

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This documentary charts the rise of the comedian, actor and entertainer who became the improbable wartime leader. Explore the man behind the series of game-changing media appearances which have encapsulated the defiant response of a nation. What motivates him? How did he transform from joker to leader and what is the next chapter of his story?

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL283754

Copyright date: ©2022

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