Yermak featured on Time’s 100 most influential leaders list, Zelenskyy absent

Andriy Yermak at the Ukraine. Year 2024 forum
Andriy Yermak at the Ukraine. Year 2024 forum

Andriy Yermak, Head of Ukraine’s President’s Office, secures a spot in Time magazine’s prestigious list of the 100 most influential people worldwide in the Leaders category, according to the magazine’s website.

An essay about Yermak was written by former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who, together with the head of Presidentia Office, works in working group on Ukraine’s security and Euro-Atlantic integration.

“Defining early viev of Russia’s barbaric invasion of Ukraine was a video shot by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the streets of Kyiv,” he wrote, adding that Yermak was directly behind Zelenskyy at the time.

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“Message from Zelenskyy, surrounded by his team, was clear: Ukraine’s leadership is not going anywhere.”

“A person who plays a central role in ensuring work of the government,” Rasmussen said.

“Since the full-scale invasion, he has been delivering Zelenskyy’s messages to the world, building a powerful network of friends of Ukraine, from West to Global South, uniting them around issues from sanctions to environment.”

He added that he had “seen it firsthand” while working on security guarantees for Ukraine, which “led to a web of bilateral agreements with allies.”

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Former NATO Secretary General also quoted Ivan Franko’s poem Moses and drew a parallel, noting that at “a great moment for Ukraine and democracy, Andriy Yermak is not only acting as a decisive leader, but has proven that he is such a leader.”

Meantime, Zelenskyy was not included in the list. In general, Time has divided rankings of most influential people into categories: Pioneers, Artists, Leaders, Icons, and Titans.

Yulia Navalnaya, widow of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, topped Leaders category.

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In 2022, Time magazine readers named Volodymyr Zelenskyy the most influential person.

Same year, Ukrainian President topped ranking of the most influential Jews in the world according to The Jerusalem Post.

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