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Celebrities Face Criticism Over Visits to Ukraine

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Celebrities have been making headlines for their visits to Ukraine and not all of the responses are positive.

In June, the country’s department of defense expressed its appreciation for the American celebrities that have visited amid Russia’s invasion.

“[Ukraine] is grateful to Hollywood stars who, despite the danger, have visited us. [Sean Penn], [Liev Schreiber], Angelina Jolie, [Ben Stiller] you are more than just an inspiration to all of us,” the department tweeted.

The statement continues, “Millions around the world have heard the truth from you about the struggle of the [Ukrainian] people.”

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A video of Stiller meeting Ukrainian President Volodmyr Zelenskyy made the rounds on social media.

“You’re my hero,” Stiller said to Zelenskeyy. “What you’ve done and the way that you’ve rallied the country and for the world, it’s really inspiring.”

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Additionally, actress Jessica Chastain posed for a photo with Zelenskyy.

In May, Angelina Jolie visited the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.

Maksym Kozytskyy, the Lviv regional governor, said Jolie met with people of Ukraine that have found refuge there, as NPR reported.

She also met with children that suffered injuries in a missile strike.

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“She was very moved by (the children’s) stories,” Kozytskyy said.

Users have recently taken to Twitter to express their frustration with celebrities that have visited the country.

Last week, the Biden administration approved a $1 billion security assistance package for Ukraine.

The package brings the United States’ aid to Ukraine to $9.8 billion.

“We will continue to consult closely with Ukraine and surge additional available systems and capabilities carefully calibrated to make a difference on the battlefield and strengthen Ukraine’s eventual position at the negotiating table,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

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