Ukraine President Volodymyr Meets Actress Jessica Chastain In Kyiv
Ukraine President Volodymyr meets actress Jessica Chastain in the presidential palace in Kyiv on Sunday, August 7, 2022.
President Volodymyr has praised actress Jessica Chastain for her support on his country during the ongoing conflict with Russia.
In a statement released after the meeting, he thanked Jessica and other Hollywood personalities for their visit amid Putin's invasion.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 in what President Vladimir Putin described as a "special military operation," the conflict has devolved into an attritional battle fought primarily in Ukraine's east and south.
Fighting over the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, which was captured by Russian forces early in the conflict but is still run by Ukrainian technicians, has raised the prospect of a larger disaster.
Shells struck a high-voltage power line at the facility on Friday, forcing operators to shut down a reactor to prevent radiation leaks. Another round of shelling hit a nuclear waste storage facility at the plant yesterday, injuring one worker.
The US has accused Russia of using the facility as a "nuclear shield," moving large amounts of troops, ammunition, and military equipment to the area, knowing that Ukraine's armed forces are unlikely to attack its own power plant, especially with the threat of nuclear disaster looming.
Russia is attempting to retake control of the largely Russian-speaking Donbas region in the east, which includes the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk, where pro-Russian separatists seized territory after the Kremlin annexed Crimea in 2014.
Ukraine's military said late Saturday that Russian forces had shelled dozens of front-line towns and were attempting to attack six different areas in the Donetsk region, but had made little progress.
Zelensky claimed that his forces had 'achieved powerful results' in destroying Russia's logistics supplies and rear bases over the previous week.
'Every strike on the enemy's ammunition depots, command posts, and stockpiles of Russian equipment saves all of us, Ukrainian military and civilians,' he said in a late-night video address.
Russian forces were almost certainly amassing in the south, anticipating a counter-offensive or preparing for an assault, according to British military intelligence, and the war was about to enter a new phase, with most fighting shifting to a nearly 220-mile-long front from near Zaporizhzhia to Kherson, parallel to the Dnieper River.
Ukraine's forces were focusing their efforts in its southern regions on bridges, ammunition depots, and rail links, including the strategically important railroad spur that connects Kherson to Russian-occupied Crimea, it said.
On February 24, Russia launched an invasion of neighboring Ukraine, and after more than 150 days and seven months, the people of the country have been through a lot, from losing their well-established lives to their homes.
Almost 12 million people have left their homes; some fled to neighboring European countries, while others have remained in Ukraine but relocated to a safer location.
Many well-known personalities from around the world have paid a visit amid the turmoil. Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain is the latest to visit the war-torn country during the invasion.
In Ukraine's capital, the actress met with President Volodymyr Zelensky. The meeting took place in the presidential palace, and comedian turned politician shared some photos with Chastain on his official Telegram account.
On Sunday, August 7, 2022, Oscar-winning actress Jessica Chastain paid a visit to the children's hospital Okhmatdyt and later met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the head of the presidential administration, Andriy Yermak.
Chastain, who won the Oscar for best actress this year for her performance in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," is the latest celebrity to show support for Ukraine, which is still under Russian occupation.
Zelenskyy shared photos of the meeting on Telegram with the caption, "American actress Jessica Chastain is in Ukraine today."
For us, such visits of famous people are extremely valuable. Thanks to this, the world will hear, know and understand the truth about what is happening in our country even more. Thanks for the support! Her story about our war will definitely be heard. We are preparing an important humanitarian event, Zelenskyy added. And I am grateful to all my friends from Ukraine and to everyone who helps expand our ties in the world. We are doing everything to win, everything to protect our country.
Zelenskyy and Chastain can be seen smiling while posing in front of a Ukrainian flag in one photo. The actress is dressed simply in all black with her hair loosely tied. Meanwhile, Zelensky is dressed in a green t-shirt and grey pants.
The Ukrainian government thanked all Hollywood celebrities who visited the country despite the conflict and war.
To sum it up, Ukraine President Volodymyr met with actress Jessica Chastain in Kyiv, where he praised her for her support for a war-torn country. Other famous celebrities, in addition to Jessica, showed their support. As a result, Ukraine expressed gratitude to A-list visitors Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, Liev Schreiber, and Angelina Jolie for their visits during Russia's invasion.
Ukraine is "grateful to Hollywood stars who, despite the danger, have visited us," the Ministry of Defense said in a tweet. "You are more than just an inspiration to all of us," it said in a statement. Millions of people around the world have heard the truth about the Ukrainian people's struggle from you."