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Ben Stiller Meets With Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kiev: ‘You’re My Hero’

Ben Stiller Meets With Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kiev: ‘You’re My Hero’

Actor and filmmaker Ben Stiller marked World Refugee Day on Monday with a visit to Ukraine and Poland to fulfill with households displaced by conflict – and to debate the plight of refugees with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

In a video posted on Ukraine World’s Twitter page, Stiller was proven right into a room the place Zelenskyy was ready. Stiller, who can also be the U.N. refugee company’s goodwill ambassador, wore a big smile as he marched as much as the president.

“It is a nice honor for me. You’re my hero,” Stiller, who can also be a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), instructed Zelenskyy, who humbly brushed it off.

Stiller and UNHCR Ukrainian Rep. Karolina Lindholm Billing met with Zelenskyy after a go to to the occupied settlements of the Kyiv area, the place Stiller received an in depth have a look at the ruined residential areas of Irpin and talked to individuals who survived the occupation.

“It’s one factor to see this destruction on TV or on social networks. One other factor is to see all of it with your personal eyes. That’s much more surprising,” Stiller mentioned.

“What you noticed in Irpin is unquestionably dreadful. However it’s even worse to only think about what is occurring within the settlements which are nonetheless beneath non permanent occupation within the east,” Zelenskyy responded.

Later within the day, Stiller issued a video assertion about World Refugee Day and its significance within the humanitarian trigger.

“Hey, I’m Ben Stiller and I’m right here within the Ukraine. I’m assembly individuals who’ve been impacted by the conflict and listening to the way it’s modified their lives. Battle and violence are devastating individuals all around the world. No one chooses to flee their residence. Searching for security is a proper. And it must be upheld for each individual.”

Since Russia’s invasion on Feb. 24, 2022 and the conflict that adopted, greater than 5 million Ukrainians have fled their county, and million extra left their properties and sought safer shelter throughout the nation. Based on the U.N., 90% of the refugees are girls or kids.

“Households have been torn aside and the trauma of conflict can have a long-lasting affect on lots of these pressured to flee their properties,” the company mentioned in an announcement.

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