Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky joined Hollywood actors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis on a video call to thank them for raising funds for his country.
At the time of writing, the couple have raised just over $35 million USD via their GoFundMe page, surpassing their original goal of $30 million. They have also pledged an additional $3 million of their own money.
President Zelensky thanks the actors via video call, saying they were “among the first to respond to our grief.”
“They have already raised $35 million & are sending it to @flexport & @Airbnb to help Ukrainian refugees. Grateful for their support. Impressed by their determination. They inspire the world. #StandWithUkraine.”
.@aplusk & Mila Kunis were among the first to respond to our grief. They have already raised $35 million & are sending it to @flexport & @Airbnb to help 🇺🇦 refugees. Grateful for their support. Impressed by their determination. They inspire the world. #StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/paa0TjJseu
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) March 20, 2022
The ‘That 70s Show’ stars – who tied the knot in 2015 – thanked all those who donated in an emotional video after they raised $20 million to help people in Ukraine impacted by invasion of Russian troops ordered by President Vladimir Putin last month.
In an emotional video Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher said: “We have raised over 20 million dollars in less than a week and I say ‘we’ as it is all of us together. But we are not done, our goal is 30 and we want to get there.”
Their new goal total comes after they hit $18 million after five days of beginning their fundraising effort, which “means so much” the 38-year actress as she addressed the “56,000 of you who were able to donate and support us, whether it was $5, $10, $1000.”
Mila – who was born in the Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi – continued: “It means so much to us and it does bring in a community and sense of belonging and ability to help.”
Ashton provided an update as to what the money was “supporting”, such as efforts centring around AirBnB and Flexport, a foreign freight transporter.
He said: “The first humanitarian aid is already on the ground…AirBnb is already taking in refugees.”
Last week, the couple – who share seven-year-old daughter Wyatt and five-year-old son Dmitri – kicked off their fundraising effort via another video where they promised to match donations up to $3 million.