Mila Kunis pledges to make huge donation to her native Ukraine amid ongoing crisis

Mila Kunis was born in Ukraine and grew up speaking Russian

'Proud' Ukrainian Mila Kunis to donate to native country
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Mila Kunis and her husband, Ashton Kutcher, have pledged to donate $3 million to Ukraine in aid of the ongoing humanitarian crisis. 

The US actress announced on Thursday that the Hollywood couple has launched a fundraiser for the people of the Eastern European country, one week after it was first invaded by Russian forces. 

The benevolent action comes as Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelensky warns Europe of the threat of a nuclear explosion in light of President Putin's seizure of the continent's largest power plant on Thursday. 

Speaking alongside Ashton in a short video, Mila said she "has never been more proud to be a Ukrainian" at this difficult time. 

The Bad Moms star was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine in 1983, before emigrating to the US with her family in 1991. Her parents arrived on American soil with just $250 and were forced to rebuild their lives from scratch - an experience Mila has previously called 'frightening'. 

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After condemning President Putin's 'unjust attack on humanity,' the 38-year-old revealed that she and Ashton have decided to 'match up to $3 million worth of donations' that will provide emergency relief to the wartorn nation's refugees. 

Since the GoFundMe appeal went live yesterday, the couple has already raised $3.3 million of their goal of $30 million. 

This money will benefit, an organization that will ship lifesaving supplies to Ukrainians, as well as, which is offering short-term accommodation to displaced people at no cost. 

"The principle challenge right now is logistics," Ashton said. "We need to get housing and we need to get supplies and resources into the area." 

The couple concluded the clip with a call to action, urging the public to donate "what you can." 

"The people of Ukraine are strong and brave, but being strong and brave does not mean you're not worthy of support," said Mila. "We need to support the people of Ukraine." 

Emma Dooney
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