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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher for raising $35 million for Ukrainian refugees through a video call.
The 44-year-old president of Ukraine reached out to the ‘That 70s Show’ stars on Sunday to express gratitude for their “determination” after reaching their milestone of raising money to help the deepening humanitarian crisis – who, according to the UN, are 3.5 million refugees – as a result of the invasion of Russian troops at the behest of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“@aplusk Mila Kunis was one of the first to respond to our grief,” Zelenskyy tweeted. “They have already raised $35 million and are sending @flexport @airbnb to help [Ukrainian flag emoji] refugees. Grateful for their support. Impressed by their determination.”
Kunis — who was born in the Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi and moved to the United States as a teenager — and her husband Kutcher both shared the same photo from their chat that Zelenskyy posted on their own Twitter platforms.
The couple — who share seven-year-old daughter Wyatt and five-year-old son Dimitri — kicked off their campaign by promising to double donations of up to $3 million and were “overwhelmed with gratitude” that they reached their $30 million goal on Thursday.
“More than 65,000 of you have donated,” the 38-year-old actress said in a video. “We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support and while this is far from solving the problem, our collective effort will ensure a softer landing for so many people as they face their future of uncertainty.”
The 44-year-old actor – although he admitted their new target was $40 million – added: “Our work is not done yet. We will do everything we can to ensure that the outpouring of love that came from all of you as part of this campaign finds maximum impact on those in need.”
“As more and more money comes in, we’re going to treat every dollar as if it were donated from our pockets, with respect and honor for the work that went into earning it, with the intention of love by which it was given and the desire to maximize it for a positive outcome for others.”