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Benedict Cumberbatch spoke out for Ukraine at a Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in Los Angeles on Monday, where he called on people around the world to do what they can to help victims of Russian aggression.
Cumberbatch, 45, received the prestigious star with his wife, Sophie Hunter, 43, but said he was unable to celebrate the momentous occasion without expressing his support for Ukrainians around the world who are fighting for their life.
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“I cannot speak today, at this very proud moment in my life, from this extraordinary rostrum, without acknowledging the evidence of what is happening in Ukraine and showing my support for the Ukrainian people, and my support for the people of Russia standing up to the kleptocracy and idiocy of its leaders to try to stop the progress of this atrocity,” Cumberbatch told a group of reporters.
“We all have more to do than just have thoughts and prayers, we have to act,” he added.
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“We need to go to the embassy websites. We need to see what we can do as citizens of the world, citizens of Europe…for this horrible time,” the actor continued.
“We have to act.”
Benedict Cumberbatch has turned his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony into a tribute to the Ukrainian people. pic.twitter.com/5gkIDIsIzf
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Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and director JJ Abrams joined the Marvel superstar at the Walk of Fame ceremony, the Daily Mail reported.