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Actor and director Ben Stiller met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv on Monday to mark World Refugee Day.

Stiller, who was visiting Ukraine as a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), gushed about Zelenskyy upon assembly, telling the president, “You’re superb.”

Stiller’s go to to the nation comes because the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to drive thousands and thousands of individuals to flee the warfare and turn into displaced internationally.

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The pair shook palms in introduction and Zelenskyy informed the Zoolander actor that he and the opposite authorities officers within the room (together with Ukrainian Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba) knew Stiller “very properly.”

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Ben Stiller meets Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Ukraine on World Refugee Day.

President of Ukraine

“It’s an excellent honour for me,” Stiller, 56, informed Zelenskyy, 44.

“It’s actually fantastic,” Stiller continued, telling the Ukrainian chief, “You’re my hero.”

The pair briefly mentioned Zelenskyy’s personal performing profession. Up till his landslide election win in 2019, Zelenskyy was an actor and slapstick comedian. He had even performed a Ukrainian president in a well-liked TV collection.

“You give up an excellent performing profession for this,” Stiller mused.

“Not so nice as yours,” Zelenskyy replied.

“However what you’ve executed and the best way you rallied the nation and the world, it’s actually inspiring,” Stiller continued to go with.

Later, Stiller, Zelenskyy and a number of other different Ukrainian officers sat down to debate the Russian invasion and its influence on the nation’s folks.

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“It’s not attention-grabbing to discuss the warfare on daily basis,” Zelenskyy defined. “However for us, it’s crucial.”

The Ukrainian president stated ending the warfare turns into particularly tough when “folks overlook to discuss it.”

Russia launched its invasion of the nation almost 4 months in the past on Feb. 24.

Zelenskyy thanked Stiller for persevering with to deliver new consideration to the warfare.

“I really feel it’s laborious to know what’s really occurring right here should you haven’t been right here,” Stiller stated.

Ben Stiller meets Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Ukraine on World Refugee Day.

President of Ukraine

“The extent of destruction … You see it on TV, you see it on social media,” stated Stiller. “It’s one thing else to truly see it and really feel it.”

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The actor informed Zelenskyy that he had simply visited Irpin, a metropolis near Kyiv in northern Ukraine.

Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller visits Lypki, Irpin.

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In keeping with a press launch from the president’s workplace, Stiller visited Irpin to talk to individuals who have survived the occupation.

The UNHCR additionally launched a assertion, claiming the journey to Irpin will “allow Mr. Stiller to speak the necessity for continued and elevated help to the humanitarian response in Ukraine.”

The UNHCR assertion claimed Stiller visited Makariv as properly, in an effort to go to households whose properties have been destroyed.

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

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Following his assembly with Zelenskyy, Stiller tweeted about World Refugee Day. The actor wrote it was an “honour” to fulfill the president “to face in solidarity with folks compelled to flee in Ukraine and worldwide, and convey extra consideration to the humanitarian scenario.”

Whereas in Ukraine, Stiller additionally met the brand new U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brink. On Twitter, Brink wrote that Stiller’s go to “brings much-needed consideration to humanitarian wants in the course of the largest and quickest humanitarian disaster in latest reminiscence.”

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Earlier this week, Stiller additionally visited Poland. There, he met with refugees who have been compelled to flee to the neighbouring nation. In keeping with the UNHCR, Stiller met a mom and her three youngsters who fled Kharkiv two months in the past.

“Shortly after she and her youngsters fled, her father was killed again dwelling in Kharkiv after a bomb fell on her dad or mum’s house constructing,” the assertion claims. “The household wish to return dwelling to Ukraine however the neighbourhood the place they’re from has been devastated by the warfare.”

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Stiller is just not the one celeb to go to Ukraine. In April, Angelina Jolie visited the nation to fulfill youngsters effected by the warfare. Sean Penn additionally visited Ukraine to make a documentary concerning the Russian invasion.

Since Russia’s invasion in February, greater than 12 million Ukrainian residents have fled their properties, in keeping with the United Nations. Greater than 5 million Ukrainian refugees have been recorded in Europe, whereas one other seven million individuals are believed to be displaced nonetheless throughout the nation.

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