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PRESS RELEASE : President met with Hollywood actor, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Ben Stiller

The press release issued by the President of Ukraine on 20 June 2022.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Hollywood actor, director, screenwriter and producer Ben Stiller, who is visiting Ukraine as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.

Ben Stiller and UNHCR Representative in Ukraine Karolina Lindholm Billing visited the Office of the President after a visit to the occupied settlements of the Kyiv region. Today, they visited, in particular, the ruined residential areas of Irpin, where they talked to people who survived the occupation.

“It’s one thing to see this destruction on TV or on social networks. Another thing is to see it all with your own eyes. That’s a lot more shocking,” said Ben Stiller

“What you saw in Irpin is definitely dreadful. But it is even worse to just imagine what is happening in the settlements that are still under temporary occupation in the east,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in response.

The President and the UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador discussed the needs of temporarily displaced persons in Ukraine, as well as those in Poland, which Ben Stiller visited the day before.

Separately, the Head of State emphasized the violation of the rights of Ukrainians forcibly deported to Russia, including children.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the UNHCR delegation discussed ways of further cooperation of the Ukrainian authorities with UNHCR.