'Proud Ukrainian' Mila Kunis and husband Ashton Kutcher vow to match refugee donations of $3m

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By Nika Shakhnazarova

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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have said they will match donations of $3 million to help aid Ukrainian refugees.

Kunis, who was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, said in a video posted on her Instagram page: "The events that have unfolded in Ukraine are devastating. There is no place in this world for this kind of unjust attack on humanity.

"I have always considered myself an American, a proud American. I love everything this country has done for myself and my family. But today, I have never been more proud to be a Ukrainian."

Watch Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher's video right here:

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Kutcher, who is Kunis' husband, added: "While we witness the bravery of the people in the country she was born in, we also witness to the needs of those who have chosen safety."

The couple said they would match donations made to rental company Airbnb and freight transporter Flexport, with the aim of raising $33 million.

Just three hours after going live, the page had raised more than $2.5 million thanks to an offline donation from the Ron Conway Family.

Kunis said: "The people of Ukraine are strong and brave but being strong and brave doesn't mean you're not worthy of support. We need to support the people of Ukraine."

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It comes as Kutcher showed support for Kunis' native country amid the ongoing crisis.

"I stand with Ukraine," Kutcher wrote on Twitter on Friday, before also retweeting an image of the Ukrainian flag.

The statement from the actor comes after Russia launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine earlier this week following months of threats.

President Vladimir Putin's aggression toward Ukraine has been widely condemned by the international community, including with economic sanctions and NATO troops massing in the region.

Kunis, 38, was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, and lived there until the age of seven.

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During an interview with The Los Angeles Times back in 2008, the actress revealed she and her family fled the country and immigrated to the United States "right at the fall [of the Soviet Union]."

"It was very communist, and my parents wanted my brother and me to have a future, and so they just dropped everything," Kunis explained at the time. "They came with $250."

She said that she "adjusted fairly quickly and fairly well" to life in the US. However, the Friends With Benefits actress confessed that she "blocked out second grade completely" due to the initial struggle to blend in.

"I cried every day," she said. "I didn't understand the people. I didn't understand the language."

If you would like to know how you can support the Ukrainian people at this time, click HERE to find a list of organizations and groups dedicated to helping those affected by this crisis.

Featured image credit: Sipa US / Alamy

'Proud Ukrainian' Mila Kunis and husband Ashton Kutcher vow to match refugee donations of $3m

vt-author-image

By Nika Shakhnazarova

Article saved!Article saved!

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have said they will match donations of $3 million to help aid Ukrainian refugees.

Kunis, who was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, said in a video posted on her Instagram page: "The events that have unfolded in Ukraine are devastating. There is no place in this world for this kind of unjust attack on humanity.

"I have always considered myself an American, a proud American. I love everything this country has done for myself and my family. But today, I have never been more proud to be a Ukrainian."

Watch Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher's video right here:

[[instagramwidget||https://www.instagram.com/p/CaqQZ-clv8u/]]

Kutcher, who is Kunis' husband, added: "While we witness the bravery of the people in the country she was born in, we also witness to the needs of those who have chosen safety."

The couple said they would match donations made to rental company Airbnb and freight transporter Flexport, with the aim of raising $33 million.

Just three hours after going live, the page had raised more than $2.5 million thanks to an offline donation from the Ron Conway Family.

Kunis said: "The people of Ukraine are strong and brave but being strong and brave doesn't mean you're not worthy of support. We need to support the people of Ukraine."

[[imagecaption|| Credit: Sipa US / Alamy]]

It comes as Kutcher showed support for Kunis' native country amid the ongoing crisis.

"I stand with Ukraine," Kutcher wrote on Twitter on Friday, before also retweeting an image of the Ukrainian flag.

The statement from the actor comes after Russia launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine earlier this week following months of threats.

President Vladimir Putin's aggression toward Ukraine has been widely condemned by the international community, including with economic sanctions and NATO troops massing in the region.

Kunis, 38, was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, and lived there until the age of seven.

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During an interview with The Los Angeles Times back in 2008, the actress revealed she and her family fled the country and immigrated to the United States "right at the fall [of the Soviet Union]."

"It was very communist, and my parents wanted my brother and me to have a future, and so they just dropped everything," Kunis explained at the time. "They came with $250."

She said that she "adjusted fairly quickly and fairly well" to life in the US. However, the Friends With Benefits actress confessed that she "blocked out second grade completely" due to the initial struggle to blend in.

"I cried every day," she said. "I didn't understand the people. I didn't understand the language."

If you would like to know how you can support the Ukrainian people at this time, click HERE to find a list of organizations and groups dedicated to helping those affected by this crisis.

Featured image credit: Sipa US / Alamy