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Zelensky thanks ‘free world’ in message to Golden Globes

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky struck a confident tone in a pre-recorded video message to the Golden Globes on Tuesday, delivered as the war with Russia continues to rage, telling the public that the “tide is turning” and thanking the “free world” for its support.

Introduced by actor Sean Penn, who was filming a documentary in Ukraine when war broke out and has been a strong supporter of the country, Mr Zelensky said the fight was, in part, for “the right of new generations to know about war only from movies.

“There will be no Third World War,” Mr. Zelensky said. “This is not a trilogy. Ukraine will stop Russian aggression on our land.

Since the early weeks of the war, Mr. Zelensky – who was an actor before becoming president and then a wartime leader – has sought to use major US award shows as a platform to communicate with the American public about the Russian invasion.

In March, his aides lobbied the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to give him a last-minute spot at the Academy Awards.

The call made headlines as Mr Penn called for an Oscars boycott if Mr Zelensky was not allowed to appear on video, and vowed to melt down his own awards in public if the academy snubbed him Ukrainian leader. Mr. Zelensky did not show up for the ceremony, and although there was no announced merger, Mr. Penn presented one of his two Oscars to Mr. Zelensky during a visit to Ukraine, calling it a symbolic gesture.

Mr. Zelensky appeared in a pre-recorded speech at the Grammys in which he urged Americans to support the war effort in any way possible.

Sarah Baher contributed report.

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