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Ukraine thanked celebrities including Ben Stiller for meeting with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Stiller met with Zelenskyy on Monday as part of World Refugee Day.
“[Ukraine] thanks the Hollywood stars who, despite the danger, have visited us. @SeanPenn, @LievSchreiber, Angelina Jolie, @BenStiller, you are beyond an inspiration to all of us,” read a tweet from the country. “Millions of people around the world have heard the truth about the struggle of the [Ukrainian] people.”
The 56-year-old actor toured the occupied settlements of Kyiv and spoke with survivors of the occupied Irpin area.
BEN STILLER MEETS UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY AS UNHCR GOODWILL AMBASSADOR
“It is one thing to see this destruction on television or on social media. Another thing is to see everything with your own eyes. That’s much more shocking,” Stiller said.
“What you saw in Irpin is definitely appalling. But it is even worse to imagine what is happening in the settlements that are still under temporary occupation in the eastZelensky replied.
Stiller posted about his visit on social media.
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“It was an honor to meet President @ZelenskyyUa on #WorldRefugeeDay as part of my visit with UNHCR @Refugees to stand in solidarity with people. forced to flee in Ukraine and around the world, and draw more attention to the humanitarian situation,” Stiller tweeted.
Stiller isn’t the only celebrity to shed light on the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia.
Sean Penn was in Ukraine at the beginning of the conflict to film a documentary about Zelenskyy and the military forces at stake. He has since returned to California.
“We met with [Zelenskyy], a man in a suit, and the next morning the Russians invaded. We came back. We were with President Zelensky and waited for him at a meeting point. And the next time I saw him, he was dressed in camouflage and the world had changed,” Penn previously told Fox News host Bret Baier.
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Angelina Jolie visited the Ukrainian city of Lviv in April. She spoke to children and others who had been displaced after the missile attack on the Kramatorsk train station.