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Benedict Cumberbatch hopes to take in Ukrainian refugees through UK government scheme

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By Jamie Samhan.

2 hours ago

Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter plan to do their part to support Ukrainian refugees.

The UK government has set up a ‘Houses for Ukraine’ scheme where people can accommodate those fleeing the war in Ukraine.

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At the BAFTAs on Sunday, the ‘Doctor Strange’ star wore a Ukrainian flag on his lapel and told Sky News, via the Guardian, of their plan.

“It’s a really shocking time to be a European, a two and a half hour flight from Ukraine, and that’s something that weighs on us,” Cumberbatch said.

“We all have to… do more than wear a badge. We have to donate, we have to put pressure on our politicians to continue to create here a kind of refuge for people who are suffering,” he continued. “Everyone has to do all they can… there have been record numbers of people volunteering to take people home, I hope to be one of them myself.

Elsewhere on the red carpet, Cumberbatch spoke of people being deprived of “basic human rights” as Ukraine is taken over by “this regime megalomaniac who is running a reign of terror”.

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“It’s a very scary and sad time,” he added.

Caitriona Balfe also referred to the “horrible” attacks against Ukraine.

“I just think we all have to do what we can and it would be amazing if the UK government did more.”