• Angelina Jolie is a United Nations Ambassador for refugees
  • Russia invaded and bombed Ukraine, leaving over a hundred dead and more injured
  • Jolie posted to Instagram her support for the Ukrainian people

Angelina Jolie is making sure the world knows she won't stay silent and do nothing during the Russian and Ukrainian war. The war, which Russia officially declared on Wednesday, has left hundreds injured and thousands displaced from their homes. 

Angelina Jolie makes public statement to Ukraine

Angelina Jolie is more than just an Oscar-winning actress. The A-list celebrity also serves as a Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It's because of such a high title Jolie feels she must speak out against the atrocities inflicted on the Ukrainian people.

Angelina Jolie speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. 

Russia, which has bombed the capital city Kyiv in Ukraine, officially declared war on Ukraine on Wednesday, shaking the world with despair for the thousands of people fleeing their homes.

"We have already seen reports of casualties and people starting to flee their homes to seek safety," Jolie said in her statement. "It is too soon to know what will happen, but the significance of this moment — for the people of Ukraine, and for the international rule of law — cannot be overstated."

She stated that her main concern was also to ensure that "everything possible is done to ensure the protection and basic human rights of those displaced, and refugees in the region."

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Angelina Jolie has never been shy about speaking up for issues that matter to her. Earlier this year the actress marched to Capitol Hill to talk about violence against women, and what the American government can do about such a serious topic.

President Joe Biden also shared his sentiments to the Ukrainian people and said in a public statement, "The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces."

The UNHCR also released a statement to the public, stating that they are working with everyone to ensure the safety of civilians. 

"UNHCR is also working with governments in neighbouring countries, calling on them to keep borders open to those seeking safety and protection," it read. "We stand ready to support efforts by all to respond to any situation of forced displacement."