Overwhelmed by the realities of what he saw, American actor, Ben Stiller has described the scenes in war-torn Ukraine as “distressing”, “shocking” and on a bigger scale than any movie could ever portray.
It should be recalled that the actor had met met President Volodymyr Zelensky in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, as part of his duties as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR).
In his meeting with the Ukrainian President, Stiller told Zelensky that he was his hero, and showered him with compliments over his previous acting career.
In an interview with the BBC, Stiller admitted that it was his “first time coming to an area that’s in conflict.”
“But it’s really strange because when you drive into the country, really in the west of the country, you don’t feel the conflict, except for the curfew at night where it gets very quiet and a little bit eerie.
“And then as you get closer and closer to Kyiv, into the east of the country, you start to see the roadblocks and see the destruction, which is really shocking when you haven’t seen anything like that up close.”