Remember this? Two photos of Zelensky taken 41 days apart reveal an alarming transformation

Written by Henrik Rothen

Sep.18 - 2023 11:07 AM CET

While the war in Ukraine has become 'routine' for many, that was certainly not the case when it broke out in February 2022. We look back at the onset of the war, where two photos of President Zelenskyy taken 41 days apart speak volumes.

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As the Ukraine conflict has become a grim reality for many, it's easy to forget the shock and uncertainty that filled the air when the war broke out in February 2022.

Today, we're taking a moment to look back at the early days of the conflict, focusing on two poignant photographs of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that were taken just 41 days apart. These images serve as a stark reminder of the immense pressure and responsibility that have been thrust upon him.

The last day of peace

The first photograph was captured on February 23, 2022, a day that would later be remembered as the last day of peace in Ukraine. In this image, Zelenskyy appears confident, his face clean and his attire formal—a sharp contrast to the man we would see just over a month later.

Foto: Reddit / @fluid-daydreamer

The weight of war

The second photograph was taken on April 4, 2022, in the town of Bucha. Here, Zelenskyy looks visibly worn, his face dirty and his attire consisting of a brown jacket and a bulletproof vest. The transformation is jarring, underscoring the physical and emotional toll that leading a nation through war can take.

Foto: Reddit / @fluid-daydreamer

Public reaction

While the images clearly show a fatigued Zelenskyy, the public's reaction has been one of admiration for his resilience and leadership. Comments on social media platforms like Reddit have praised him, with one user stating,

"This man is a hero. The way he stayed and fought and provided moral support gives me chills. What a leader."

As we continue to follow the unfolding events in Ukraine, these two photographs will forever serve as a reminder of the human cost of war, even for a leader

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