Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy (born 25 January 1978)

Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy is a Ukrainian politician, former actor and comedian who has been serving as the president of Ukraine since 2019. 

Zelenskyy grew up in Kryvyi Rih, a Russian-speaking region in southeastern Ukraine.

Prior to his acting career, Zelenskyy obtained a degree in law from the Kyiv National Economic University.

He then pursued comedy and created the production company Kvartal 95, which produces films, cartoons, and TV shows including Servant of the People, in which Zelenskyy played the role of president of Ukraine.

The series aired from 2015 to 2019 and was immensely popular.

Zelenskyy promised to end Ukraine's protracted conflict with Russia as part of his presidential campaign, and attempted to engage in dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Zelenskyy's administration faced an escalation of tensions with Russia in 2021, culminating in the launch of an ongoing full-scale Russian invasion in February 2022.

Zelenskyy's strategy during the Russian military buildup was to calm  the Ukrainian populace and assure the international community that  Ukraine was not seeking to retaliate.

He initially distanced himself from warnings of an imminent war, while  also calling for security guarantees and military support from NATO to "withstand" the threat.

After the commencement of the invasion, Zelenskyy declared martial law across Ukraine and general mobilisation.