The former ‘That ‘70s Show’ stars raised $35 million to help refugees
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Mila Kunis and her husband Ashton Kutcher for raising millions of dollars to assist refugees fleeing Russia’s invasion.
On Sunday, the 44-year-old took to Twitter and noted the couple was “among the first to respond to our grief.”
“They have already raised $35 million & are sending it to @flexport & @Airbnb to help refugees,” Zelenskyy tweeted. “Grateful for their support. Impressed by their determination. They inspire the world. #StandWithUkraine.”
The tweet was accompanied by a photo of Zelenskyy on a video call with the cast members of “That ‘70s Show”
Kunis, a native of Ukraine who immigrated to the United States as a child, collaborated with Ashton Kutcher to launch a GoFundMe campaign. They also contributed $3 million of their own funds. The funds will go to Flexport.org and Airbnb.org, two organizations known for providing emergency aid to Ukrainian refugees.
“Today, I am a proud Ukrainian,” Kunis, 38, wrote in the description of the GoFundMe fundraiser. “While my family came to the United States in 1991, I was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine in 1983. 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.”
Kunis proudly spoke about her Ukrainian heritage when announcing the “Stand with Ukraine” campaign.
“I was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine in 1983,” she said. “I came to America in 1991. I have always considered myself 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.”
“And I’ve never been more proud to be married to a Ukrainian,” Kutcher, 44, added.
On February 24, Russia launched a major invasion of Ukraine. The attack was described as a “special military mission.” By Russian President Vladimir Putin. The invasion has sparked outrage around the world. Hundreds of people have already been killed or injured, including children. Millions of people have fled or attempted to flee the country.