Angelina Jolie surprise visit to Ukraine

Jolie, who has been a UNHCR Special Envoy for Refugees since 2011, has come to engage with displaced individuals, according to the regional government.

Angelina Jolie, a Hollywood actress and United Nations humanitarian, paid a surprise visit to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on Saturday, according to the Lviv regional governor’s Telegram account.

According to Maksym Kozytskyy, Jolie, who has been a UNHCR Special Envoy for Refugees since 2011, came to Lviv to speak with displaced people who have sought refuge there, including children who are being treated for injuries sustained in the missile strike on the Kramatorsk railway station in early April.

“(The children’s) stories impacted her greatly,” Kozytskyy wrote. “One of the girls was even able to tell Ms. Jolie about a dream she’d experienced in private.”

He added that Jolie also went to a boarding school to speak with pupils and take photos with them, and that “she promised she would come back.”

According to Kozytskyy, Jolie also visited with evacuees at Lviv’s major railway station, as well as Ukrainian volunteers who were offering medical assistance and counselling to the newcomers.

“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.”