Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gestures during a press conference following the talks with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Lviv on August 18, 2022, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. AFP
The National Constitution Center announced Monday that Zelenskyy will be honored in a ceremony in October for what it called ``his heroic defense of liberty in the face of Russian tyranny.``
``President Zelenskyy has bravely led the Ukrainian people in their defense of freedom against Russian tyranny, and his courage has inspired people around the world to defend liberal democracy and the rule of law,'' center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen said in a statement.
Zelenskyy, who has served as the nation's president since May 2019, has also been the recipient of awards such as the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award and the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award as well as honors from the governments of the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Slovakia, the center said.
The Liberty Medal, established in 1988 to mark the U.S. Constitution's bicentennial, is presented to individuals who strive to secure the blessings of liberty for people around the globe. Recent recipients have included Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy, Sen. John McCain, Rep. John Lewis and Malala Yousafzai.