From one actor to another, whose fate has changed. On Monday, American comic actor Ben Stiller met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who was himself a comedian before his election. The two men spoke at the presidential palace in kyiv, on the occasion of the visit of the American to Poland and Ukraine, as part of his duties as Goodwill Ambassador for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for the refugees. “You are my hero,” Ben Stiller assured Volodymyr Zelensky. “What you’ve done, the way you’ve brought the country together, the world… It’s very inspiring,” he continued, praising the fact that he “gave up a successful career” for it. “Not as successful as yours,” laughed Volodymyr Zelensky.
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“It’s one thing to see the destruction on TV or on social media. It’s another to see it with your own eyes. It’s much more shocking,” continued the actor, who had gone earlier in the day to Irpin, a town near kyiv particularly marked by Russian fighting and strikes, than French President Emmanuel Macron, Chancellor German Olaf Schulz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi visited last week. “What you saw at Irpin is absolutely appalling. But it’s even worse to simply imagine what is happening in the areas still under Russian occupation in the East, ”replied the Ukrainian president, who has been warning in recent weeks about the situation of the Ukrainian army which is struggling to fight. in the face of advancing Russian soldiers. “It’s important that people don’t forget,” he continued, thanking his host for his visit.
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Before traveling to Ukraine, Ben Stiller met with Ukrainian refugees in Medyka, Poland, and met with staff and volunteers of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.