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‘You’re My Hero’ Ben Stiller Tells Ukrainian President Zelenskyy when He Meets Him!

Ben Stiller is awestruck by the attention he’s receiving. When he met Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday, it was clear that the actor had found a new hero.

In his capacity as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, the producer and director is in Europe and stopped by to see the comedian-turned-politician, whom he applauded for his response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2014.

The Zoolander Star Met with Zelenskyy.

Ben Stiller Tells Ukrainian President Zelenskyy when He Meets Him

After exploring the remains of Irpin, the Zoolander star met with Zelenskyy in his presidential office. Actor Stiller was spotted wandering around the ruins of Russian-bombed villages in Ukraine. “It’s one thing to watch the devastation unfold on television or in real-time on social media. Furthermore, you should take in the sights and sounds for yourself.

More shocking, in other words,” Stiller” said the comedian. According to the official website, Stiller met with President Obama to discuss the plight of displaced Ukrainians. In the aftermath of the disaster, the UN organization is on the ground distributing blankets and other essentials.

The UNHCR Representative in Ukraine.

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Karolina Lindholm Billing, the UNHCR representative in Ukraine, accompanied Stiller. Irpin is absolutely a horrible place. To imagine what’s going on in the eastern settlements still under occupation is even worse, Zelenskyy told Stiller. In a statement the same day, Stiller emphasized that helping those afflicted by war is everyone’s obligation.

The fighting in Ukraine has forced a lot of people out of their homes, and I’m here to meet them.” In a statement released on Monday, Stiller stated that many have shared stories of how the war has affected their lives—how they’ve lost everything and are deeply concerned about their future. In Poland on Saturday, the actor met with Ukrainian refugees who had been forced to escape their homes owing to the Russian invasion.

The World’s 100 Million Displaced People.

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It’s not the first time Stiller has drawn attention to the plight of refugees. The UNHCR has worked with the actor on numerous projects over the years, and in his most recent appearance, the Goodwill Ambassador appealed for immediate relief for the world’s 100 million displaced people.

I have met refugees and asylum seekers from Syria, Central America, Afghanistan, Iraq, and now Ukraine throughout the years,” Stiller stated in the statement. Across the globe, conflict and violence have a devastating impact on people and leave lasting repercussions.” No matter where or when a disaster strikes, no one chooses to flee.

Russia’s Onslaught on Ukraine.

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“Everyone has the right to seek safety, and that right must be respected. Global cooperation is needed to ensure the safety of those who are being forced to escape their homes. We must keep in mind that anything can happen to anyone, at any time.
After launching a massive invasion on February 24th, Russia’s onslaught on Ukraine has continued. This is Europe’s first serious land conflict in decades.

Thousands of civilians, including children, have already been killed or wounded in the conflict. The UN estimates that tens of millions of Ukrainians have fled the country. Who do you call? What do you do? Where do you go? You don’t know. A 45-year-old teacher from Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, described the moment her city was blasted to PEOPLE as “simply panic.”

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Economic Sanctions Against Russia.

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Liliya Marynchak’s tale is just one of many that the Russians have bombarded Ukraine with. Vladimir Putin’s order to invade Crimea has sparked international outrage and a slew of economic sanctions against Russia. In the wake of NATO’s deployment in the Ukraine region, a number of countries have offered military or financial assistance to the anti-NATO troops.

At the same time as he called for peace talks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged his country to fight back. In Putin’s view, Ukraine and Russia have longstanding links, and he is acting in Russia’s best interests. Zelenskyy had made a solemn promise to not budge. No one can break us; we’re Ukrainians, and we’re strong.” He addressed the European Union early on in the conflict: “Life will triumph over death. And the light will triumph over the gloom.”

Marissa Figgs
I write picture books, for middle grade, and young adults, some of which have won prizes, been filmed, or become bestsellers. I've ghostwritten for Pixar and developed teen work for Alloy Entertainment. I think heartfelt writing is the finest. It doesn't have to be personal, but it must be visceral. You want them riveted from the first word, page, or sentence, no matter how painful or unpleasant, and that's my expertise.
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