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Celebrity power-duo Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have helped raised more than $18 million worth of donations for the people of Ukraine following the Russian invasion.
Kunis, who was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, took to her husband’s Instagram informing fans that the 'Stand With Ukraine' campaign was halfway towards its goal of US$30 million.
She said: "UPDATE!! 15 million. We are halfway to our goal. Thank you for the support!"
"We just wanted to give you a quick update as to where we stand with the fundraising. We're halfway through. We're super-excited, and we want to say thank you to each and every single one of you. It's been an incredible past 48 hours."
The Black Swan actress added: "I have always considered myself an 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."
Kutcher shared that there have been nearly 50,000 donations to their GoFundMe page and stated: "We're halfway there. We're at $15 million, and we're heading to $30. We're going to make this happen,”
"There are some problems in the world that take a village to solve, and there are other problems that take the rest of the world. This is one of those other problems."
Kunis also took the opportunity to introduce Ryan Petersen, the creator of Flexport, and Brian Chesky, CEO of Airbnb, to explain how these donations would be spent.
Both Petersen and Chesky revealed that donations would fund housing and the cost of living for Ukrainians.
Kunis and Kutcher launched their ‘Stand With The Ukraine’ GoFundMe page to provide immediate support for Ukrainian refugees and humanitarian efforts.
Kunis and Kutcher have pledged $3 million of their own money to the fundraiser in aid to further support refugees in Ukraine.
The actor left Ukraine in 1991 as her parents were seeking a better life for the family.
However, despite being in America for more than 30 years, Kunis is still a ‘proud Ukrainian’ and stands in solidarity with them.
On February 26, Kunis also took to Twitter, following Moscow’s invasion of Kyiv and wrote: “God protect the people of Ukraine! My thoughts and prayers are with you.”
Featured Image Credit: Yichuan Cao at 2018 Breakthrough Prize ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center/Alamy
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