The 47-year-old actor has a personal connection to the war-ridden nation as his maternal grandmother Helene Indenbirken was born in Odesa. She migrated to Germany with her parents in 1917.
DiCaprio was quite close to his grandmother, who according to multiple reports, always supported his acting career.
Indenbirken died at the age of 93 in 2008. She used to accompany DiCaprio to the premieres of many of his films.
According to Polish News, the actor’s donation to Ukraine was announced by the International Visegrad Fund.
Last week, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher said they will match donations of up to $3m (£2.25m) to help supply humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees.
Kunis, who was born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, said in a video on Instagram: “The events that have unfolded in Ukraine are devastating. There is no place in this world for this kind of unjust attack on humanity”.
“I have always considered myself an American, a proud American. I love everything this country has done for myself and my family. But today, I have never been more proud to be a Ukrainian.”
Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine on 24 February, describing it as a “special military operation” to disarm the eastern European country and remove leaders who he described as neo-Nazis. Nato and its allies see this as a pretext for an invasion to conquer the entire of Ukraine and install a pro-Russian administration.
The war in Ukraine has forced over two million residents to flee the country, and hundreds have either died or have been injured. This is the fastest exodus of people Europe has seen since the Second World War, officials have said, warning that the war could displace nearly five million people.
Russia has promised to allow five humanitarian corridors to be formed to let people flee major cities under attack by Putin’s forces. The firing of weapons in Ukraine will stop from 7am GMT (10am Moscow time) on Wednesday, Russian news agency Tass said. The corridors will lead out of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, and Mariupol.
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