Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher video call Zelensky after Ukraine fundraiser


Zelensky hailed Mila and Ashton as an ‘inspiration for the world’ (Pictures: @ZelenskyyUa / Twitter / Instagram @aplusk

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher were personally thanked by President Volodymyr Zelensky for their incredible effort in raising $35million (£27m) for Ukraine. 

The Hollywood power couple set up a GoFundMe campaign toward refugee and humanitarian aid efforts in war-torn Ukraine, where Mila was born before moving to the US as a child, following Russia’s invasion. 

So far, they’ve managed to raise close to $35m while also generously pledging $3m (£2.2m) of their own money. 

Over the weekend, Mila and Ashton had the pleasure of speaking to Zelensky personally via video call so that he could express his gratitude for their efforts in providing aid for his country, which has seen horrific levels of destruction since Russia began its invasion in February. 

Zelensky shared a photo of himself on the virtual call with the couple and wrote in a Twitter post: ‘[email protected] & 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.’ 

Ashton and Mila shared a video update on their campaign last week, announcing they had smashed their fundraising target. 

‘We just wanted to say, we’ve hit our goal. Over $30m dollars raised. Over 65,000 of you donated. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your support,’ they said. 

‘And while this is far from solving the problem, our collective effort will provide a softer landing for so many people as they forge ahead into their future of uncertainty.’

Ashton then added: ‘Our work is not done. We’re going to make sure that the outpouring of love that came from you all as a part of this campaign finds the maximum impact with those in need.’

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He continued: ‘As funding continues to come in we’re going to treat every dollar as if it’s being donated out of our pocket.

‘With respect and honour for the work that went into earning it, with the intent of love through which it was given, and the desire for it to be maximised with positive outcome for others.’

Mila continued: ‘We again want to say thank you so much for your continued support, please don’t stop donating whether to us or to other unbelievable foundations out there.

‘This is just a beginning to a very, very, very, very long journey.’

The Bad Moms actress had earlier urged the world not to see Russian people ‘as the enemy’.

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