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Ben Stiller visits Kyiv and tells President Zelenskyy: 'You are my hero'

Hollywood star Ben Stiller met Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zilenskyy. He told him: “You are my hero.”

The 56-year-old US actor has been meeting refugees in Poland as well as Ukraine ever since 18 June. He shook hands in Kyiv with the wartime premier.



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He said to President Zelenskyy, “It’s a great honour for me. You are my hero. This is why you quit your great acting career.

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He replied, “Not as great as you,”

Stiller maintained: “Whatever you did, the way that you rallied the nation and the world, it is really inspiring.”

The actor spoke about his visit to the war-torn nation and the destruction he witnessed.

“It’s difficult to understand what’s happening here if I haven’t been there.”

“We were discussing the impact of coming to this place. I was just in Irpin this morning and saw the extent of destruction.

It’s easy to see it on TV and on social media. But it’s another thing to feel it and to then talk to people. We’ve spoken to many people.”

Image: Stiller said to the Ukrainian leader, “What you did, the way that you rallied the country, and for the rest of the world, it is truly inspiring.” ‘

Irpin, which is located not far from Kyiv was under heavy Russian bombardment but the fierce defense by Ukrainian troops made sure that the Kremlin forces never got closer to the capital.

They discussed the challenges of keeping the war in Ukraine under the international public’s eye after so many months and fighting.

President Zelenskyy stated that it was not interesting to talk about war everyday for different audiences, but it is important for us.

It’s difficult to get people to talk about Russia’s influence and push Russia forward when they forget.

Stiller looked at him and said: “Thanks for people like you, it’s possible.”

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Ben Stiller visits Ukraine refugees

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Stiller released a video message to urge global support for the Ukrainian refugees and the 100,000,000 refugees worldwide as he traveled through eastern Europe.

He said in his message: “I’m here to meet people who have been impacted and hear how it has changed their lives.”

“War and violence have devastating effects on people around the globe. People will not flee their homes. Every person has the right to seek safety and should be protected.

Stiller (a UNHCR (United Nations Haut Commissioner for Refugees), goodwill ambassador) flew to Rzeszow, southeastern Poland, last week.

He was also seen walking in Lviv’s western city on Sunday, having been under attack by Russian troops during the long-running invasion. However, he has managed to remain relatively unharmed in comparison to the brutal assaults in the eastern part of the country.

Stiller posted on his Instagram that he was visiting families “whose lives were torn apart in Ukraine“.

According to him, millions of people were forced from their homes by President Vladimir Putin’s troops, with more that 90% being children and women.

Stiller said, “I’m here for learning, to share stories that demonstrate the human impact on war and to amplify calls to solidarity.”

“Everyone has the right of safety. Whoever. Wherever. Whenever.”

One image shows him meeting UNHCR workers.

In another post, Tropic Thunder and Zoolander star Tropic Thunder were pictured hugging two refugee kids near the Medyka border of Poland.

Numerous stars from music and film have visited Ukraine and neighboring countries since the start of the war.

Angelina Jolie , a Hollywood actress and UN humanitarian, made an unexpected visit to Lviv in April to speak to the displaced persons who had sought refuge in the city.

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