Zelensky praises Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher

Zelensky praises Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Source: Zelensky Twitter

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have been lauded by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky for “inspiring the world” after they raised nearly 35 million US dollars (31.8 million euros) for the country.

Zelensky called the couple of Sunday March 20 to congratulate them on their efforts, later posting a picture on Twitter.

He wrote: “@aplusk & Mila Kunis were among the first to respond to our grief. They have already raised 35 million US dollars & are sending it to @flexport & @Airbnb to help (Ukrainian) refugees.

“Grateful for their support. Impressed by their determination. They inspire the world.”

He added the hashtag #StandWithUkraine.

 

The appeal was launched by Kunis, who was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. Her family moved to the US in 1991 however she still describes herself as a proud Ukrainian.

The couple looked to raise 30 million US dollars (27 million euros) a target that was reached last Thursday March 17th, and which is in addition to their  matching donations made to rental company Airbnb and freight transporter Flexport for up to three million dollars (2.7 million euros).

She wrote: “Ukrainians are proud and brave people who deserve our help in their time of need.

“This unjust attack on Ukraine and humanity at large is devastating and the Ukrainian people need our support.”

The couple, who married in 2015 and share two children, have promised to do “everything we can” to ensure that the money “finds maximum impact with those in need”. They aren’t the only ones who have made such a pledge with Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively also providing matching donations up 1 million US dollars (900,000 euros).

Kunis and Kutcher have urged people to support UNHCR efforts in Ukraine and have promised to provide further matched funding to help with the ongoing crisis.


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