Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds to match up to $1 million in donations for Ukrainian refugees – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast
(CNN) – Actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are promising to match each donation up to $1 million for refugees fleeing war in Ukraine, the couple said on social media.
“Within 48 hours, countless Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes to neighboring countries. They need protection. When you donate, we match it up to $1,000,000, creating double the support,” Reynolds wrote Saturday on Twitter in promoting donations to the UN refugee agency.
Lively posted a photo from UNHCR on Instagram showing a child, saying the agency is “providing lifesaving assistance”.
Ukrainians crammed into trains and waited in long lines for hours to leave the country after Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine on Thursday. About 368,000 refugees have managed to leave, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reported on Sunday.
EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said on Sunday that the European Union must prepare for the arrival of millions of refugees.
“It’s very hard to guess how much, but I think we should be ready for millions,” Johansson said.
The UN agency said that due to “years of violence”, more than 2 million people had left Ukraine even before the invasion of Russian troops last week, and almost 3 million people in Ukraine will need humanitarian assistance this year.
“Those fleeing for their lives need immediate shelter, protection and safety,” the nonprofit USA for UNHCR said on the site where donations can be made.