Jedi Master Luke Skywalker declares war on Putin and teams up with Zelensky

The actor who played Luke Skywalker in Star Wars has been helping the Ukrainian president to raise money for the war effort.

Mark Hamill has lent a hand to Volodymyr Zelensky in a drive to get cash together for drones.

United24 is the government’s fundraising platform, and Hamill is an ambassador for it.

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Zelenskyy’s press office said that Hamill, 71, will be focusing specifically on the Army of Drones project, which will work to get unmanned flying vehicles for use in the conflict as well as repairing them and training their pilots.

In a statement, Hamill said: “In this long and unequal fight, Ukraine needs continuous additional support. That’s why I was honoured President Zelenskyy asked me to become an ambassador for the Army of Drones.

“I know for certain that Ukrainians need drones to protect their land, their freedom and the values of the entire democratic world. Right now is the best time for everyone to come together and help Ukraine stand up in this war with the evil empire.”

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Speaking about Mr Hamill’s involvement, Zelensky said: “The light will win over darkness. I believe in this, our people believe in this.

“Thank you for taking on this difficult mission of being the first ambassador to help Ukraine raise funds for the Army of Drones to support our defenders. It is really important!”

United24 launched in May at the request of Mr Zelensky and is reported by the Times to have already raised some $188million (£170million).

Shortly after the announcement, a Russian missile is reported to have hit a convoy of civilians in Zaporizhia – 23 people are reported to have died.

Celebrities have been flocking to offer their support to the people of Ukraine since the beginning of the war in February.

Mila Kunis, who was born in Ukraine, was among the first to work with Zelenskyy.

In a Tweet in March, Zelenskyy said: "Grateful for their support.

"Impressed by their determination. They inspire the world. #StandWithUkraine."

The couple set up a fund to help refugees right at the start of the war that saw Kunis say she was a "proud American" but had "never been more proud to be a Ukrainian".

News of Hamill’s activity and the horrifying rocket strike in Zaporizhia come as a substantial Russian military force is understood to be encircled in Lyman, a town in Donetsk.

The move may threaten Putin’s grip on the eastern region of Ukraine, which he is in the process of trying to make ‘legally’ a part of Russia.

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