The Lviv regional governor said on Saturday that Hollywood actress and UN humanitarian Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit to the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.
According to Maksym Kozytskyy, Jolie — who has been a UNHCR Special Envoy for Refugees since 2011 — had come to speak with displaced people who have found refuge in Lviv, including children who have been treated for injuries sustained in the missile strike on the Kramatorsk railway station in early April.
The attack in eastern Ukraine appeared to deliberately target a crowd of mostly women and children trying to escape a looming Russian offensive, killing 52 and wounding dozens more.
Kozytskyy was very moved by the children's stories. One girl was even able to tell Ms. Jolie about a dream she'd had. He said Jolie also visited a boarding school, talked with students and took photos with them, adding she promised she would come again. According to Kozytskyy, Jolie also met with evacuees arriving at Lviv's central railway station, as well as Ukrainian volunteers who provided medical help and counselling for the new arrivals. The visit was a surprise for us all, he wrote.
Plenty of people who saw Ms. Jolie in the Lviv region couldn't believe that she was really her. Ukraine has shown the world that there are plenty of amazing things here since February 24.