‘Proud Ukrainian’ Mila Kunis Is Raising Millions For Ukraine Relief
“I have always considered myself a proud American…but today I have never been more proud to be a Ukrainian.”
Ukrainian-born actress Mila Kunis and her husband Ashton Kutcher have vowed to match up to $3 million of donations in a $30 million effort to help families in Ukraine impacted by the Russian invasion.
The celebrity couple announced their campaign on Instagram Thursday, saying there is “no place in this world for this kind of unjust attack on humanity.”
“I have always considered myself an American, a proud American. I love everything that this country has done for myself and my family, but today I have never been more proud to be a Ukrainian,” said Kunis, who was born in Ukraine in 1983 before moving to the U.S. when she was seven years old.
Kunis, who has starred in several popular movies as well as Family Guy and That ’70s Show, moved to the U.S. in 1991 from Chernivtsi, a city in the southwest portion of Ukraine. Hundreds have been killed throughout Ukraine since Russia invaded more than a week ago.
The U.N. says one million refugees, including 500,000 children, have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries in the wake of the widely-condemned conflict. Roughly one million more people have been displaced in Ukraine, trying to seek shelter from the destruction.
Now Kunis and Kutcher are raising millions for the cause, per CBS News:
The couple said that the money they are seeking to raise will go to relief that will have “an immediate impact in supplying much-needed refugee and humanitarian aid to the area.”
Donations raised through the GoFundMe page they set up will go to Airbnb.org and Flexport.org, which are providing free, short-term housing and organizing supply shipments to refugee sites, respectively.
The couple vowed to match up to $3 million of the donations accrued. Within 17 hours of the GoFundMe page being available, the couple raised nearly $3.2 million.
“The people of Ukraine are strong and brave, but being strong and brave doesn’t mean you’re not worthy of support,” Kunis said. “We need to support the people of Ukraine. Please help us.”
You can donate to Stand with Ukraine here.