Angelina Jolie paid a secret visit to an orphanage in Ukraine as part of a whirlwind trip to the war-torn country.
The Hollywood star, 46, has kept his trip a secret, members of his entourage have reportedly signed agreements prohibiting them from revealing details.
Local authorities had no knowledge of his visit to the orphanage at an undisclosed location about a 90-minute drive from the western city of Lviv.
Angelina Jolie was pictured visiting an orphanage about 90 minutes from the Ukrainian city of Lviv
The American actor and UNHCR special envoy, pictured here interacting with a child at Lviv train station, made the visit on a “private” basis.
The mother-of-six is a UN refugee envoy, but officials insisted her visit was made “in a private capacity”.
Sources said Miss Jolie left the country tonight after arriving in Lviv on Saturday.
The Tomb Raider star also visited children in a hospital and later spoke to refugees at the train station, where 1.5 million Ukrainians crossed to flee to safety.
When an air raid alert sounded, Miss Jolie appeared unfazed before being led away.
When asked if she was scared, she replied, “No, I don’t care. »
In a statement last night, the actress said: “I am honored to see the resilience, courage and dignity of the Ukrainian people. The impact of war on a generation of Ukrainian children is devastating to witness.
The Tomb Raider star also visited children in a hospital and then spoke to refugees at the train station
A spokesperson denied that Miss Jolie, who has three adopted children, was planning to adopt another, insisting the secrecy surrounding the visit to the orphanage was for security reasons.
Reporters who tried to approach the star at the station on Saturday were told it was for a private visit.
“Angelina said her visit was not for the press,” said humanitarian volunteer Rostyslav Hetman (CORR) who posed for a selfie with Ms Jolie at the station.
Ms Jolie visited Lviv Children’s Hospital. Here she is pictured with victims of the Kramatorsk railway station missile strike
However, Ms Jolie posed for dozens of selfies and traveled with her own personal photographer who provided the media with handpicked photos by the star.
Before giving birth to her three youngest children Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 13, whom she had with actor Brad Pitt, Jolie became a mom to Maddox, 20, Pax, 18 years and Zahara, 17, by adoption.
Maddox and Zahara were adopted from orphanages in Cambodia and Ethiopia by Angelina.
She and ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton adopted her eldest, Maddox Chivan in 2002.
She took the time to take photos with volunteers working at the city’s main train station
The couple took in Maddox after finding him in a Cambodian orphanage, but the adoption process took some time due to US government legislation.
Three years after welcoming Maddox into her family, Angelina adopted Zahara Marley, a six-month-old Ethiopian orphan.
Miss Jolie previously spoke about the importance of honoring the roots of her three adopted children in an interview with Vogue.
‘Each one is a beautiful way to become a family. What is important is to talk openly about all this and to share. ‘Adoption’ and ‘orphanage’ are positive words in our house,” the Oscar-winning actress said.
Reporters learned that his visit was private. “Angelina said her visit was not for the press,” said humanitarian volunteer Rostyslav Hetman (CORR) who posed for a selfie with Ms Jolie at the station. Here she is pictured with people at Lviv Children’s Hospital
She went on to describe her children as “six very brave and very strong young people”.
In the same interview, the movie star opened up about ending her marriage to Brad Pitt, whom she met in 2004 while filming Mr. And Mrs. Smith, for the “welfare” of the children.
The former Hollywood power couple – known as Brangelina – tied the knot in August 2014 after 10 years together.
But they split in 2016 after Mr Pitt and Maddox allegedly got into a fight on a private jet while traveling to Los Angeles.
The argument led Angelina to file for divorce that year. Mr Pitt was later cleared of any wrongdoing, but a judge awarded Angelina physical custody of the six children.