Celebrities are stepping up to help Ukraine amid its ongoing war with Russia.
Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio donated to several humanitarian groups to aid those impacted by Russia’s invasion.
“Leo had privately made several donations to humanitarian groups – CARE, IRC, UNHCR and Save the Children. All directed at Ukraine,” a source close to the actor told PEOPLE.
Previous reports that DiCaprio donated $ 10 million to the war-torn country, in addition to having a family connection to Ukraine, were ultimately found to be untrue.
Separately, actress Hayden Panettiere started a relief fund in response to the tragedy. Her ex-boyfriend is Wladimir Klitschko, a former Ukrainian professional boxer and the brother of Kyiv major Vitali Klitschko (also an ex-boxer).
On Wednesday, Panettiere launched Hoplon International, an organization which aims to raise critical funding for medical supplies and protective gear to aid Ukrainians fighting on the frontlines.
In a video message posted to YouTube (GOOGL), the 32-year-old said, “There are no words to describe what it’s been like to watch the war on Ukraine unfold. It’s gut-wrenching knowing that the people of Ukraine and people I call my friends and family are desperately trying to defend their way of life and the country that they love. “
A-list couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis revealed earlier this week that they are over halfway to their goal of raising $ 30 million for the people of Ukraine. The “That 70s Show” alums created a GoFundMe page that’s currently north of $ 18 million and climbing.
Kunis, who was born in Ukraine in 1983, emigrated to the United States in 1991. In an Instagram (FB) video, the actress described herself as “a proud Ukrainian.”
The couple committed to match up to $ 3 million.
Another Hollywood “it” couple – Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds – pledged to match donations up to $ 1 million after participating in a fundraiser led by the nonprofit USA for UNHCR.
Reynolds wrote on Twitter, “In 48 hours, countless Ukrainians were forced to flee their homes to neighboring countries. They need protection.”
And “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling also announced that she will be matching donations up to 1 million British pounds ($ 1.32 million) in support of “some of the most vulnerable children in Ukraine” through her Lumos Foundation.
The foundation launched an emergency appeal following the Russian invasion.
Entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel and her disaster relief initiative BStrong has raised more than $ 25 million in aid for impacted Ukrainians, in addition to providing over 100,000 crisis kits and other types of donations like cash cards to refugees.
The former reality star told Yahoo Finance that BStrong, which operates in partnership with Global Empowerment Mission and provides emergency funds to people in crisis, is “moving every single day to where the need is.”
Meanwhile, model Gigi Hadid – who has also shown support for Palestine amid the country’s continuing conflict with Israel – pledged to donate all of her fall 2022 runway show earnings. She pledged “to aid those suffering from the war in Ukraine, as well as continuing to support those experiencing the same in Palestine.”
Hadid added in an Instagram post that “our eyes and hearts must be open to all human injustice. May we all see each other as brothers and sisters, beyond politics, beyond race, beyond religion. At the end of the day, innocent lives pay for war – not leaders. “
So far, at least 2 million people have fled Ukraine and over 1,000 civilians have been killed.
Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to accurately reflect Leonardo DiCaprio’s charitable contributions to Ukraine amid its conflict with Russia.
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