Actress Angelina Jolie has arrived in Lviv, Ukraine to meet war-affected children.
Jolie encountered orphaned and displaced children, several of whom were evacuated from Mariupol as Russia continued its attack. She also spent time with the doctors and volunteers caring for the children.
“The purpose of Angelina’s visit is to bear witness to the human impact of the conflict and to support the civilian population,” her spokesperson said on Saturday.
The actress praised Ukrainians for their “resilience, courage and dignity”.
“The impact of war on a generation of Ukrainian children is devastating to see,” she said in a statement. “No child anywhere should have to flee their home, witness the murder of their loved ones, or suffer bombings and the destruction of their home. Yet this is the reality for so many children in Ukraine and around the world.
Jolie visited hospital children injured in wartime explosions, as well as a center for disabled children and youth.
“Angelina is undeterred from being with the Ukrainian people,” her spokesperson said. “She calls for the urgent opening of humanitarian corridors to allow [the] the evacuation of civilians, the delivery of humanitarian aid to all those in need – especially children – and an end to attacks on civilians, in accordance with the laws of war.