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Orlando Bloom visits Ukraine in role as Unicef ambassador

/ 10:03 PM May 04, 2016
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actor Orlando Bloom attends InStyle and Warner Bros. 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.   Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP

Actor Orlando Bloom attends InStyle and Warner Bros. 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP

MOSCOW — British actor Orlando Bloom, in a more serious role as goodwill ambassador for Unicef, has visited schools in eastern Ukraine to raise awareness of how the conflict there has hurt children.

READ: UN says conflict in Ukraine has affected 580,000 children

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In video and photos released Wednesday by Unicef, Bloom plays games with children, talks to their parents and teachers and goes down into a basement that serves as a bomb shelter.

The school Bloom visited in late April in Slovyansk was among the first hit by shelling when fighting broke out two years ago between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian troops. It is one of 57 that the United Nations Children’s Fund has helped to repair and refurbish.

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UNICEF estimates that about 300,000 children in the conflict zone are still in need of assistance to continue their education. TVJ

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