'You're my hero' Hollywood's Ben Stiller tells Zelensky in Kyiv

21/6/2022 7:45:00 AM

Ben Stiller met Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on June 20.

Ben Stiller met Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on June 20.

The actor, a UN goodwill ambassador, met the Ukrainian leader on World Refugee Day.

Photo: Ben Stiller/Twitter Hollywood star Ben Stiller met Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on Monday (June 20), hailing the comedian-turned-president as"my hero" for rallying the world's support for Ukraine in the face of Russia's invasion.for the latest news you need to know.06- 19- 2022 03:20 PM This handout picture taken and released by the press service of the Ukrainian Presidency on 18 June, 2022 shows Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (R) walking past a partially destroyed building during his visit to the position of Ukrainian troops in Mykolaiv region.for the latest news you need to know.

"It's a great honour for me..Nearly three months after Russia launched a bloody invasion of his country, Zelensky said there had been “few such fateful decisions for Ukraine” as the one it expects from the EU this week.you're my hero!" said Stiller, a UN goodwill ambassador who met the Ukrainian leader on World Refugee Day.“We will not give away the south to anyone, we will return everything that’s ours and the sea will be Ukrainian and safe,“ he said in a video posted on Telegram as he made his way back to Kyiv."What you've done, the way that you've rallied the country, the world, it's really inspiring," said the 56-year-old American comedian referring to Zelensky's countless speeches to audiences around the world to rally support for his embattled country.“Obviously, we expect Russia to intensify hostile activity this week.Footage of their meeting was released by Zelensky's office." Sergei Aksyonov, who was installed by Moscow as head of the Crimea region that Russia annexed in 2014, said drilling platforms owned by the Chernomorneftegaz energy company had come under attack in the Black Sea off Ukraine's south coast.

Earlier on Monday, Stiller visited the Kyiv suburb of Irpin, the scene of fierce battles early on in the invasion and the closest Moscow's army got to the capital since it sent troops into Ukraine in February..While Zelensky remained defiant, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned that “we must be prepared for this to last for years."I feel it's hard to understand what's actually going on here if you haven't been here," he told Zelensky."I was in Irpin this morning.We are ready,” he continued..“The losses are significant.and the actual level of destruction, you see it on TV, you see it on social media, but it's something else to actually see it, feel it and then to talk to the people," he said.On Friday, Brussels backed Kyiv’s bid for EU candidate status after the heads of the bloc’s biggest members — France, Germany and Italy — paid a visit to the Ukrainian capital.City authorities said 80 windows had been shattered by the blast when the missile was intercepted.

Speaking in English, Zelensky thanked Stiller for coming and told him it was"very important" for him to keep reminding people what was going on in Ukraine."It's very important for us that people don't forget.Nato’s chief Jens Stoltenberg meanwhile warned that the war could grind on “for years” and urged Western countries to be ready to offer long-term military, political and economic aid.We will definitely restore everything that was destroyed.It's not interesting to speak about the war every day..Ukraine has repeatedly urged Western countries to step up their deliveries of arms, despite warnings from nuclear-armed Russia that it could trigger wider conflict.but for us it's very important," the stocky Ukrainian leader told him.Zelensky surveyed the city's badly damaged regional administration building and met officials in what appeared to be a basement where he handed out awards to soldiers, in a video released by his office.

The pair also acknowledged their shared interest as comedy actors.“We will not give away the south to anyone, we will return everything that’s ours and the sea will be Ukrainian and safe,” he said in a video posted on Telegram as he made his way back to Kyiv."You quit a great acting career," said Stiller, who is best known for his comedy roles in Meet The Parents.

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