Celebrities react to the Russian invasion of Ukraine
Ben Stiller tells Volodymyr Zelenskyy "You're my hero" while visiting Ukraine on World Refugee Day
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On February 24, 2022, the world woke up to shocking news: Russia had launched an attack on Ukraine. The Russian invasion was an imminent threat but, nonetheless, the attack came as a surprise. Reactions to the conflict started to appear soon after, particularly on social media, and many stars had a word to say about it as well.
Ben Stiller, a UNHCR ambassador, decided to make the trip over himself to mark World Refugee Day on June 20. After visiting several areas that were hit hard in the region in the days prior, the actor met with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv and told him almost immediately, "You're my hero." He continued, in a video shared by Bloomberg, "You quit a great acting career for this," and Zelenskyy joked that it wasn't as great as Stiller's. "But what you've done and the way that you've rallied the country, and the world, it's really inspiring," Stiller added. They had a conversation about the media's role where Stiller also said that it's hard to understand what's going on through videos and photos without actually experiencing it in real life.
In the days prior, Stiller has spent time meeting with displaced Ukrainians, speaking with families whose lives have been torn apart by the war and violence, in the hopes of sharing stories of the human impact of war, and to amplify calls for solidarity, reports the UN.
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