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Mila Kunis is among the celebrities this year who stepped up to help the people of Ukraine amid their war with Russia, and now, she is being recognized for her service.
The Luckiest Girl Alive star joins Quinta Brunson, Matthew McConaughey, and Jennifer Hudson as one of PEOPLE's 2022 People of the Year, an honor given to those who this year used their platform to take action and inspire positive change in the world.
The actress, who was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, and her husband, actor Ashton Kutcher, launched a GoFundMe in March to support Ukrainian refugees. They goal was to donate $3 million themselves and raise at least $30 million.
After raising awareness about the cause online, the stars were quickly able to collect more than $37 million from more than 10,0000 donors. And their work continues. "We can't become desensitized," Kunis told the publication. "Helping—not even asking, just doing—should be our standard norm."
The funds have gone to Flexport, an organization which is delivering resources and relief supplies to nonprofits on the ground, and to Airbnb, which is supporting housing and the cost of living for those who are taking in refugees.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Kunis and Kutcher on Twitter for their support. In late March, the leader shared a photo of himself in a Zoom meeting with the actor couple. "@aplusk & 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," he wrote.
Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his war on Ukraine in late February, and since then, about 40,000 Ukrainian civilians have been killed and about 15 million to 30 million displaced, per a New York Times report.
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