Angelina Jolie makes surprise visit to Ukraine

Published 02 May, 2022 10:17am

The governor of Lviv said she'd come to speak with refugees, including children injured in the missile strike in the city.

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

According to Maksym Kozytskyy, Jolie — who has been a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy for Refugees since 2011 — had come to speak with displaced people who have found refuge in Lviv, including children undergoing treatment for injuries sustained in the missile strike on the Kramatorsk railway station in early April.

The attack in the eastern Ukrainian city appeared to deliberately target a crowd of mostly women and children trying to flee a looming Russian offensive, killing at least 52 and wounding dozens more.

“She was very moved by (the children’s) stories,” Kozytskyy wrote. “One girl was even able to privately tell Ms Jolie about a dream she’d had.”

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

According to Kozytskyy, Jolie also met with evacuees arriving at Lviv’s central railway station, as well as with Ukrainian volunteers providing the new arrivals with medical help and counselling,

“The visit was a surprise to us all,” he wrote. “Plenty of people who saw Ms Jolie in the Lviv region could not believe that it was really her. But since Feb 24, Ukraine has shown the entire world that there are plenty of incredible things here.”