Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has praised Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher for “inspiring the world” after raising nearly $35 million for the country.
The Hollywood power couple spoke to Mr Zelensky following his efforts to secure public donations to provide humanitarian assistance to those caught up in the conflict.
On Sunday, Mr. Zelensky shared a photo on Twitter taken during a video call with the duo.
He wrote: “@aplusk & Mila Kunis were among the first to respond to our grief. They have already raised $35M and are sending it to @flexport & @Airbnb to help (Ukrainian) refugees.
“Grateful for their support. Impressed by her determination. You inspire the world.”
He added the hashtag #StandWithUkraine.
Earlier this month, the couple pledged to match donations to rental company Airbnb and freight transporter Flexport of up to $3 million (£2,276,000) with a goal of raising $30 million (£22,764,000).
They reached their target on Thursday, with the total continuing to grow.
We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your support. 2 weeks ago we asked you to join us and more than 65,000 of you came forward and donated what you could. Now, with your help, we’ve reached our $30 million goal. (1/5) pic.twitter.com/zQfQ1BNWZm
— Ashton Kutscher (@aplusk) March 17, 2022
Kunis, who was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, began the appeal by describing herself as a “proud Ukrainian” whose family immigrated to the United States in 1991.
She wrote: “Ukrainians are proud and courageous people who deserve our help in times of need.
“This unjust attack on Ukraine and humanity at large is devastating and the Ukrainian people need our support.”
The couple, who wed in 2015 and have two children together, have since vowed to do “whatever we can” to ensure the money “has maximum impact with those in need.”
Socialite couple Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have also previously pledged to match donations of up to $1,000,000 (£750,000) to support the growing number of Ukrainian refugees.
The couple called on people to donate to the humanitarian charity US For UNHCR to help the thousands of citizens displaced by the conflict and said they would match the support shown.
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