Liev Schreiber and Andriy Shevchenko visit Ukraine on international appeal
American actor and activist Liev Schreiber and former Ukrainian soccer star Andriy Shevchenko visited Kyiv on Monday and called on the international community to increase donations to Ukraine.
The pair also visited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at his offices in Kyiv.
Appearing outside a residential area near Kyiv that suffered extensive damage from Russian shelling, the isle of dogs and Ray Donovan star visited the Borodyanka district.
“People see it as a one-time thing. But as you can see, people live with it every day,” Schreiber said.
This is his second visit to the war-torn country. In May, the actor, who has Ukrainian roots, met people in bomb shelters and co-founded BlueCheck Ukraine, which monitors and accelerates financial support for charities.
“Then the president asked me if I could help with his initiative, United24, as a medical aid and also to really help spread the word, because the reality is that it is very, very difficult to collect funds right now,” Schreiber said.
The two men inspected a damaged apartment tower in Borodyanka, 50 kilometers north of Kyiv.
Borodyanka is in the Bucha region, where hundreds of dead civilians were discovered after the Russian occupation. Ukrainian authorities said 16,000 residential buildings were damaged in the area.
“You can see these people live with it every day. So it has to be that way, there has to be some kind of incentive to get them to give more and get them to give consistently,” Schreiber said.
A number of Hollywood stars visited Ukraine during the war, including Angelina Jolie, Sean Penn and Ben Stiller, and more recently Oscar-winning actress Jessica Chastain.
Others have helped from afar, like Hollywood couple Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, who set up a GoFundMe that raised nearly $37 million for refugees this year.
Kunis was born in Ukraine and moved to the United States when she was 7 years old.
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch welcomed a family of refugees into his home, while Leonardo DiCaprio donated $10 million.
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Updated: August 15, 2022, 9:34 PM