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Wednesday 16 October 2019

You’re good-looking: Ukrainian leader woos Tom Cruise

The Hollywood star is scouting possible Ukrainian locations for an upcoming film, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office.

Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Tom Cruise (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)
Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Tom Cruise (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Ukraine’s leader is not just trying to charm US President Donald Trump — he has now set his sights on Tom Cruise as well.

The Hollywood superstar is studying possible Ukrainian locations for an upcoming film, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office.

Mr Zelenskiy tapped his roots as a TV and film comedian when hosting Cruise in the Ukrainian presidential headquarters on Monday night.

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Donald Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry (Evan Vucci/AP)

As Cruise walked in, Mr Zelenskiy said: “You’re good-looking!,” according to video excerpts released by his office. The Hollywood star laughed and said: “It pays the bills.”

Mr Zelenskiy joked about how exhausting it is to be president, and mentioned the stalled peace process for conflict-ravaged eastern Ukraine.

But the video excerpts included no mention of Mr Trump or the US impeachment inquiry in which Ukraine plays a starring role.

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