UPDATE 3/18/22 12:34 p.m. ET
Kutcher and Kunis thanked their followers on Thursday, March 17, for their help in surpassing their $30 million fundraising goal for Ukraine. The couple announced via Instagram that more than 65,000 people donated to the cause.
“We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the support,” the Black Swan actress said in the social media video. “And while this is far from a solve of the problem, our collective effort will provide a softer landing for so many people as they forge ahead into their future of uncertainty.”
Kutcher noted, “Our work is not done,” asking fans to keep donating and helping the Ukraine in any way they can amid the ongoing invasion on their country. “We’re going to do everything we can to ensure the outpouring of love that came from you all as a part of this campaign finds a maximum impact for those in need,” he added.
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“While we are witnessing the bravery of Ukrainians, we are also bearing witness to the unimaginable burden of those who have chosen safety,” the Two and a Half Men alum, 44, captioned an Instagram video on Thursday, March 3. “Through GoFundMe, this fundraiser will provide an immediate impact on refugee and humanitarian aid efforts.”
Kutcher sat beside his wife, 38, in the accompanying clip as she spoke about her upbringing. “I was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, in 1983. I came to America in 1991 and I have always considered myself an American. A proud American,” Kunis said. “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.”
The No Strings Attached actor chimed in, “And I have never been more proud to be married to a Ukrainian.”
Kunis went on to address the “devastating” news coming out of Europe over the past few weeks following Russia’s invasion of her native country. “There is no place in this world for this kind of unjust attack on humanity,” she continued.
The former That ’70s Show costars, who tied the knot in 2015, announced that they intend to match donations made to a GoFundMe launched to support refugee aid and other humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. They are aiming to raise a total of $30 million and pledged to match up to $3 million to benefit Flexport and AirBnB, two organizations that are assisting in providing housing and supplies to those who have fled to safety in Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Moldova.
“The people of Ukraine are strong and brave, but being strong and brave doesn’t mean you’re not worthy of support,” Kunis concluded.
Last month, Kutcher made a public statement in support of the Spy Who Dumped Me actress and other Ukrainians, tweeting on February 24, “I stand with Ukraine.”
“It was trippy,” she told Net-a-porter.com in November 2017. “There’s a part of you that wants to feel something towards [the place]. I had nothing. We landed and Ashton was like, ‘No?’ [and I was like], ‘Yeah, nothing. I got nothing for you, babe.'”
Kunis continued: “We went to our house and I knocked on the door because we really wanted to look inside. And [the new owner] was like, ‘No!’ She did not care. I said, ‘I used to live here when I was little, my parents are here [with me].’ She wouldn’t even open the door. The whole experience was very humbling.”