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Hollywood actress and UN humanitarian Angelina Jolie paid a surprise visit to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday, Lviv’s regional governor told Telegram.
According to Maksym Kozytskyy, Jolie – who has been UNHCR’s special envoy for refugees since 2011 – had come to talk to displaced people who have taken refuge in Lviv, including children being treated for injuries sustained during the missile attack on Kramatorsk railway station in the beginning. of April.
The attack in the eastern Ukrainian city appeared to be deliberately targeting a crowd of mainly women and children trying to escape a threatening Russian offensive, killing at least 52 and wounding dozens more.
“She was very moved by the (children’s) stories,” Kozytskyy wrote. “A girl was even able to privately tell Mrs. Jolie about a dream she had had.”
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He said Jolie also visited a boarding school, talked to students and took pictures with them, adding “she promised she would come again.”
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According to Kozytskyy, Jolie also met with evacuees who arrived at Lviv Central Station, as well as with Ukrainian volunteers who provided the newly arrived medical care and advice.
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“The visit was a surprise to us all,” he wrote. “Many people who saw Mrs Jolie in the Lviv region could not believe it was really her. But since February 24, Ukraine has shown the whole world that there are lots of incredible things here.”