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Hollywood actress and UN humanitarian Angelina Jolie paid a surprise visit to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday, the Lviv regional governor said on Telegram.
According to Maksym Kozytskyy, Angelina Jolie, UNHCR’s special envoy for refugees since 2011, had come to speak with displaced people who have taken refuge in Lviv, including children being treated for injuries sustained in the missile attack on the Kramatorsk station in early April.
The attack in the eastern Ukrainian town appears to be deliberately targeting a crowd of mostly women and children trying to flee an impending Russian offensive, killing at least 52 people and injuring dozens more.
“She was very moved by the (children’s) stories,” Kozytskyy wrote. “One girl was even able to speak privately to Ms. Jolie about a dream she had.”
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He said Jolie also visited a boarding school, spoke with students and took pictures with them, adding “she promised to come back.”
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According to Kozytskyy, Jolie also met evacuees arriving at Lviv Central Station, as well as Ukrainian volunteers providing new arrivals with medical aid and counseling.
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“The visit was a surprise to all of us,” he wrote. “Many people who saw Ms. Jolie in the Lviv region could not believe it was really her. But since February 24, Ukraine has shown the world that there are many incredible things here. “