Ukraine. Ben Stiller visits conflict-torn country after meeting refugee families in Poland | world news



Hollywood actor Ben Stiller was pictured in Ukraine a day after meeting Ukrainian refugees in Poland who were forced to flee war across the border.

The 56-year-old American star was spotted walking in Lviv on Sunday as he talked on his mobile phone.

The western town was attacked by Russian forces during the months-long invasion, but it remained relatively unscathed from the ferocious assaults in the east of the country.

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Stiller, who is a UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) goodwill ambassador, had flown to Rzeszow in southeastern Poland a day earlier as he tried to raise awareness the public about the plight of refugees.

On his Instagram page, he said he meets families “whose lives have been torn apart by war and violence in Ukraine“.

He said millions of people have been forced to flee their homes, more than 90% of whom are women and children, following the invasion by President Vladimir Putin’s troops.

Stiller added, “I’m here to learn, to share stories that illustrate the human impact of war, and to amplify calls for solidarity.

“Everyone has the right to seek safety. Anyone. Where. Anytime.”

In one image, he was pictured meeting UNHCR workers.

In a separate post, the Zoolander and Tropic Thunder star was pictured hugging two refugee children near the Medyka border in Poland.

He said: “I have been fortunate to meet families who have fled war in Ukraine, leaving loved ones behind with no idea when they will be able to return home – or have homes to return to.”

In April, Hollywood actress and UN humanitarian Angelina Jolie makes a surprise visit to Lviv where she spoke with displaced people who have taken refuge in the city.

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