Zelenskyy calls Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher thanks for raising millions for Ukrainians

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praised actors Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher in a tweet Sunday for raising more than $30 million to help Ukrainians following a video call with the famous couple, which he referenced in his daily statement.

Kutcher retweeted a message from Zelenskyy posted to Twitter with a photo of a computer screen on Zelenskyy’s desk showing Kunis and Kutcher apparently having a conversation. Kunis, a native of Ukraine, also tweeted the photo, although neither actor commented on it.

The two “were among the first to respond to our grief,” Zelenskyy noted in the tweet. “They have already increased [close to] $35 million…to help refugees.”

He added: “Grateful for their support. Impressed by their determination. They inspire the nation.”

In a statement Monday in Ukraine about various events related to the Russian invasion, Zelenskyy noted that he had spoken with Kutcher and Kunis. He called them a “star couple who sincerely believe in us, in our victory, in our future.”

“They help displaced persons [internally displaced refugees] by raising funds. And those two are already raised [close to] $35 million,” he added.

“I thanked them on behalf of our people, on behalf of all of us. This is a good result for some of our friends in America,” Zelenskyy said.

He added: “We are working to make the whole world our friends.” (Zelenskyy references the couple in a videotape of his statement at 4:53 in the video at the top.)

Kunis and Kutcher initially pledged earlier this month to match $3 million in donations to help Ukrainians flee their country during the Russian invasion.

They were stunned and “overwhelmed with gratitude” by the deluge of contributions pouring in from some 65,000 people as they launched their appeal for help, they said in an Instagram post last Thursday. They announced that they had quickly reached their goal of $30 million – and more, and decided to continue fundraising.

“Our work is not done yet,” Kutcher said in the post. “Please don’t stop donating,” Kunis said. “This is just the beginning of a very, very long journey.”

The couple was not immediately contactable via HuffPost.

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