Volodymyr Zelenskyy is More Churchillian Than Boris Johnson

Adebayo Adeniran
3 min readFeb 26, 2022

A lesson in leadership

Zelenskyy via Wikimedia Commons

That Ukraine has come under heavy shelling in the last few days is old news.

That the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and France have done nothing but huff and puff since Russia began its assault is profoundly disgraceful.

That children and women have been among the biggest casualties, thus far, has been heartbreaking to say the least.

But there was something that none of us bargained for.

The spirit of a defiant people embodied in one man.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Going back to when he was first elected as the Ukrainian head of state, Zelenskyy was seen as something of an impostor to the realm of global politics, an ex-comedian, who was completely out of his depth in taking one of the most difficult jobs in the world.

But his performances so far, have been no laughing matter.

Zelenskyy has mobilized the power of social media to rouse every Ukrainian male, ages 18–60, into taking up arms in the fight against Russian occupation.

The Ukrainian president could have taken the easy way out in taking up the American and British offer of leaving the country in order to allow the Russians to steamroll the country, but he chose not to.

And he has stood up to his aggressor in a way that Churchill would have been incredibly proud.

Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill?


The grandson of the 8th duke of Marlborough, who became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at its darkest hour and yet willed his people into fighting against the numerically superior Nazis, who had overrun the entirety of Europe within a space of six months.

In the words of Edward Murrow, Churchill did the following:

He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle to steady his fellow…

Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible