Video call

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher: Ukrainian President Zelenskyy hosts video call to thank Hollywood couple for $35 million fundraising effort | Ents & Arts News

Ukraine’s president held a video call with Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher to thank them for their multimillion-dollar fundraising efforts to help those fleeing the war-torn country.

Volodymyr Zelensky shared a photo of the appeal on his Twitter page, praising the Hollywood stars for being “among the first to respond to our grief” after the invasion of Russia.

Kunis, 38, was born in Chernivtsi, western Ukraine; her family left the country and moved to Los Angeles when she was seven.

Ukrainian War – live updates

Her and Kucher raised around $35m (£26.5m) after creation of a fund to help refugeesthe money going to freight forwarding company Flexport, which sources supplies from across Europe, and Airbnb, which provides free short-term accommodation.

“Grateful for their support,” Mr. Zelenskyy wrote on Twitter. “Impressed by their determination. They inspire the world. #StandWithUkraine.

About 10 million Ukrainians have been displaced since the start of the war, including some 3.4 million who have fled to neighboring countries, according to the United Nations.

Announcing their fund earlier in March, Kunis said she was a “proud American” but had also “never been more proud to be Ukrainian.”

The couple initially pledged to match donations up to $3m (£2.3m).

Follow the Daily podcast on apple podcast, google podcast, Spotify, Loud speaker

In his appeal video, Kunis said, “Give what you can. The people of Ukraine are strong and brave, but being strong and brave doesn’t mean you don’t deserve support. We have to support the people of Ukraine. . Please help us.”

“The main challenge right now is logistics,” Kutcher added. “We need housing and we need to get supplies and resources into the area.”

In their latest Instagram video about the appeal, posted on Friday, the couple said more than 65,000 people had donated to their GoFundMe pagehelping them exceed their initial goal of $30 million.

“While this is far from a solution to the problem, our collective effort will provide a soft landing for so many as they move forward into their uncertain future,” they said.

“Our work is not done. We will do everything in our power to ensure that the outpouring of love that has taken place through this campaign has maximum impact on those in need.”