Mila Kunis has called on the world not to blame the Russian people for the ongoing conflict in Russia Ukraine.
unis, who was born in Ukraine, was talking to Maria Shriver on the digital series Conversations Above the Noise when she said: “I don’t think we need to see the Russian people as the enemy.”
The Bad Moms actor added: “I really want to emphasize that. I don’t think that has been talked about enough in the press.”
She went on to explain: “I think there are now [an] ‘If you’re not with us, you’re against us’. And I don’t want people to confuse the two things that are happening.”
Kunis moved to America with her parents at the age of 7. She was born in Chernivtsi in southern Ukraine.
“I don’t think it’s the people of Russia, so I don’t want the fact that all Russians are horrible human beings,” she added. “I don’t want that to be an excuse. I encourage people to look at it from the perspective of those in power, not the people themselves. “
Kunis revealed that she sat her children down and chatted with them about their Ukrainian background amid the Russian invasion of her homeland.
She told Shriver: “I turned to my children and I said, ‘You are half Ukrainian, half American! “. “I actually said, ‘Look, you!’ And my kids were like, ‘Yes, mom. I got it. “Kunis shares two children with husband Ashton Kutcher – daughter Wyatt, 7, and son Dimitri, 5.
“I was like, ‘You’re half Iowa, half Ukraine,'” the actress said, referring to Kutcher’s home state of Iowa. “And they said, ‘Okay, I get it.'”
They have been married since 2015, having raised more than $20 million to support victims of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, they said in an Instagram post on Thursday. Last week, Kunis and Kutcher announced that they would be donating up to $3 million to help provide humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees.
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“But we’re not done yet,” the former Punk’d host said in the Instagram video. “Our goal is 30 [million] and we will get there. The couple thanked the 56,000 people who had donated to their GoFundMe and provided an update on the work their foundation has done in Ukraine.
Kunis was born in 1983 in Chernivtsi, a city in southwestern Ukraine. She and her family moved to America when she was seven, although her native language is Russian and she did not speak English when her family immigrated.
In an interview with Maria Shriver, the 38-year-old shared that she didn’t accept her Ukrainian heritage in her youth and would instead tell people that she is from Russia.
“It doesn’t matter to me that I’m from Ukraine, it never mattered,” she revealed. “So much so that I always say I’m Russian, right? Like, I always say, ‘I’m from Russia’ for a multitude of reasons. One of them is when I go to the states and I’m going to tell people I’m from Ukraine, the first question I get is, “Where is Ukraine?”
“But if I say, ‘I’m from Russia,’ then people say, ‘Oh, we know that country,’” explains Kunis. “And so I said, ‘Great, I’ll just tell everyone that I’m from Russia. ”
Now, Kunis is proud to inform everyone about her Ukrainian background. “Oh my god no! I’m from Ukraine,” she said. “I mean, things have changed.”
In a video calling for donations, Kunis called the invasion of Ukraine a “senseless attack on humanity”.
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