Hollywood’s Jolie makes surprise visit to war-torn Ukraine

Hollywood actress and UN humanitarian Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday, the regional governor of Lviv said on Telegram.

According to Maksym Kozytskyy, Jolie, who has been UNHCR’s Special Envoy for Refugees since 2011, came to speak to displaced people who found refuge in Lviv, including children being treated for injuries sustained in the missile attack at the Kramatorsk railway station in early April. .

The attack in the eastern Ukrainian city appears to deliberately target a mob composed mainly of women and children trying to flee an impending Russian offensive, killing at least 52 people and injuring dozens more.

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“She was very excited. [the children’s] stories,” wrote Kozytskyy. “One girl was able to privately tell Mrs. Jolie about a dream she had.”

He said Jolie also visited a boarding school, talked to students and took pictures with them, adding that “she promised she would come back again.”

According to Kozytskyy, Jolie also met with evacuees who arrived at Lviv’s central railway station, as well as Ukrainian volunteers who provided medical help and advice to the new arrivals.

“The visit was a surprise to all of us,” he wrote. “Many people who saw Ms. Jolie in the Lviv region couldn’t believe it was really her. But since February 24, Ukraine has shown the whole world that there are many amazing things here.”

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