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Ukrainian-born Milla Jovovich ‘heartbroken and dumbstruck’ over Russia invasion, pleads for help

Milla Jovovich (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Milla Jovovich shared an emotional Instagram post on Friday, urging her near 4 million followers to help her native country of Ukraine against the full-scale military invasion ordered by Vladimir Putin earlier this week.

“I am heartbroken and dumbstruck trying to process the events of this week in my birthplace of Ukraine,” Jovovich wrote. “My country and people being bombed. Friends and family in hiding.”

The 46-year-old actress and supermodel was born in Kyiv to a Serbian father and a Russian mother. According to her IMDb page, her family left the then-Soviet Union for the U.K. when she was 5, and they eventually relocated to Los Angeles.

“My blood and my roots come from both Russia and Ukraine. I am torn in two as I watch the horror unfolding, the country being destroyed, families being displaced, their whole life lying in charred fragments around them,” she wrote, recalling her family’s experiences with brutal and bloody conflicts.

“I remember the war in my father’s homeland of former Yugoslavia and the stories my family tells of the trauma and terror they experienced. War. Always war. Leaders who cannot bring peace. The never-ending juggernaut of imperialism. And always, the people pay in bloodshed and tears,” she wrote, adding the hashtag #helpukraine.

In the post, which received nearly 47,000 likes as of Saturday morning, the star of the “Resident Evil” film franchise added several links to “organizations who can help the people of Ukraine.”

Among them, a link to the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund; the Return Alive Foundation; the Ukrainian Foundation, which helps children living in the war zones of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions; the Kyiv Independent, in support of independent journalism in Ukraine; and link to a site that supports LGBTQ members of the Ukrainian military.


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