Ukraine thanks Ben Stiller, Angelina Jolie and other stars for their visit ‘despite the danger’

On Monday, Ben Stiller joined a growing list of celebrities who visited Ukraine to show their support at the war with russia. The country’s Defense Department thanked Stiller and other stars, such as Angelina Jolie, Sean Penn, Liev Schreiber, “who, despite the danger, visited us.” the ministry wrote in a tweet.

Stiller, a goodwill ambassador for the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, visited the country on World Refugee Day. “I meet people who have been affected by war and hear how it has changed their lives,” he said in a video released by UNHCR. “War and violence devastate people all over the world.”

“No one chooses to flee their home,” he said. “Seeking security is a right and it must be respected for each person.”

During his visit, the actor met with Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelenskyy. “You are my hero,” he told Zelenskeyy. “What you have done and the way you have rallied the country and for the world is truly inspiring.”

Stiller has supported the refugee agency since early 2016 and was named a goodwill ambassador in July 2018. He has traveled to meet refugees in Germany, Jordan, Guatemala and Lebanon, according to the UNHCR.

In the same way, Angelina Jolie also did extensive work with the agency and visited Ukraine earlier this year. She made a surprise visit to Lviv, and met children who were injured in a Russian missile attack on the Kramatorsk train stationaccording to Maksym Kozytskyy, governor of the Lviv regional administration.

The governor said Jolie was “very moved” by the children’s stories. Jolie also visited a boarding school and spoke to students, promising to return, Kozytskyy said.

As people began fleeing Ukraine in February after Russia launched its unprovoked attack, actor Sean Penn was one of the first to travel to the capital, Kyiv. He was there to record events unfolding in Ukraine, the president’s office said in a statement.

Penn wants to show the world what happens during the invasion, and the president’s office said the country is grateful to him for showing courage and honesty, according to the translation of the statement, which was shared on Facebook. .

The Oscar-winning actor visited the office of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and took part in a press briefing with the head of state and the deputy prime minister. The office shared a photo of Penn during the briefing, seated in the front row, wearing sunglasses. He also visited Ukraine in November 2021 and spoke with the army in Priazov for his documentary.

Another actor, Liev Schreiber, has also done extensive work in support of Ukraine, including a visit, where he met Ukrainians in bomb shelters.

Schreiber co-founded BlueCheck Ukraine, an initiative to find, monitor and fund Ukrainian non-governmental organizations. He often uses his social media to share information about the organization and the ongoing war in Ukraine.

He also spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in May, following Zelenskyy’s speech. Schreiber, whose grandfather was of Ukrainian and Polish descent, told Reuters: “It’s overwhelming to see how resilient the Ukrainian people are.”

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