Since Putin launched Russia’s war against Ukraine on February 24, a number of Hollywood celebrities have publicly condemned Russia’s actions. Through Instagram posts, heartfelt speeches or fundraising for Ukrainian victims, Hollywood celebrities seem to have come together to help the war-torn country.
Here are some of the celebrities who have raised their voices in support of Ukraine.
Known for her philanthropy, ‘Tomb Raider’ star Angelina Jolie post a series of poignant images of children in Ukraine. Jolie spoke of the pain and trauma endured by children when caught up in war.
“In addition to the millions of people who have fled Ukraine’s borders, nearly 2 million people are internally displaced, many of them trapped by fighting, deprived of access to aid and in direct physical danger. Without an end to war, children will pay the highest price – in trauma, lost childhoods and shattered lives.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
Mila Kunis, a Ukrainian-born Hollywood actress, and her husband Ashton Kutcher have raised over $30 million for Ukrainian refugees. The couple kicked of the campaign by donating $3 million themselves.
Kunis and Kutcher wrote in an Instagram post that all funds raised will be donated to Flexport.org and Airbnb.org – organizations that help Ukrainians fleeing war.
“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.”
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
Another celebrity couple, ‘Gossip Girl’ actress Blake Lively and ‘Deadpool’ star Ryan Reynolds, stood up for Ukrainian refugees after Russia invaded its pro-Western neighbor. Lively and Reynolds have pledged to match donations of up to $1 million to support Ukrainians fleeing their country.
“Within 48 hours, countless Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes to neighboring countries. They need protection,” Reynolds wrote in a Twitter post.
Emilia Clarke, a British actress who rose to fame for her role in the hit TV series ‘Game of Thrones’, has urged her fans to support the Ukrainian people.
In an Instagram post, she Express his solidarity with Ukraine and asked his supporters to donate to organizations that help displaced Ukrainians.
“As news arrives daily, it can feel overwhelming, not knowing how any individual can make a difference in this shocking reality, but here are some ways to show your support and send some love… “
Arnold Schwarzenegger has made one of the most memorable speeches about the Russo-Ukrainian war directly addressed to the Russian people.
“Your lives, your limbs, your future are sacrificed for a senseless war condemned by the whole world.”
The actor condemned the war, calling it “illegal”, and said the Russian people were being lied to about the conflict.
Known for his iconic role in “Terminator”, Schwarzenegger is hugely popular with Russian audiences. His video was subtitled in Russian and posted on the Telegram messaging app where it received over half a million views.
Schwarzenegger then addressed President Putin saying, “You started this war. You are fighting this war. You can stop this war.
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, famous for starring in ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Doctor Strange’, mentioned that he hoped to take part in a new UK government program ‘Homes for Ukraine’, which allows citizens to offer accommodation for Ukrainian refugees to come to the UK
“It’s a really shocking time to be a European two and a half hour flight from Ukraine, and it’s something that hangs over us,” Cumberbatch told Sky News at the British Academy Film Awards.
“We all have to… do more than wear a badge. We have to donate, we have to pressure our politicians to continue to create some kind of safety for refugees and a haven here for people who are suffering.”