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Mark Hamill told he helped send 500 drones to Ukraine as part of the country’s United24 initiative. The “Army of Drones” program collects donations of drones to “constantly monitor the front line”. Hamill urged “everyone to come together and help Ukraine rise in this war against the evil empire,” Deadline reported. Something is loading.

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Mark Hamill, best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the ‘Star Wars’ film series, helped send at least 500 drones to support Ukraine’s war effort, he said in an interview with on Wednesday. .

“Very simply: Ukraine needs drones. They define the outcome of the war, they protect their land, their people, they guard the border, they have their eyes in the sky,” Hamill told the host Joe Mathieu in the radio interview.

As a well-known fundraising ambassador for Ukraine’s United24 initiative, Hamill has advocated for the dispatch of surveillance drones to Ukraine’s frontlines to improve surveillance and mapping of the overrun region. Other ambassadors for the “Army of Drones” program include Barbra Streisand, Liev Schreiber, Imagine Dragons and Balenciaga creative director Demna, Deadline reported.

On its website, the United24 “Army of Drones” program calls for donations of funds and tactical drones equipped with cameras “to strengthen the Ukrainian army and save the lives of thousands of our defenders”.

“I was really shocked because they give me these updates at least two or three times a week on what’s going on and they said they’ve had over 500 drones since I started” , Hamill told Mathieu. It’s unclear if Hamill donated personal funds to the initiative or if the 500 drones came from funds he raised as an ambassador.

—Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) October 1, 2022

Hamill has voiced his support for Ukraine for months, sharing “Star Wars” themed memes and taking part in interviews about the war effort, drawing parallels between the fight between the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire in “Star Wars” and the Russian invasion of the Eastern European country.

“I know for sure that Ukrainians need drones to protect their land, their freedom and the values ​​of the entire democratic world,” Deadline Hamill said in a statement last month. “Right now is the best time for everyone to come together and help Ukraine rise in this war against the evil empire.”

Representatives of the Army of Drones program and Hamill did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

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