March 02, 2022 10:33
Actress Lee Young-ae has donated W100 million to help Ukrainians who are suffering due to Russia's invasion of the country (US$1=W1,204).
Ukrainian Ambassador to Korea Dmytro Ponomarenko revealed her donation on Twitter on Tuesday by posting photos of a check sent by Lee and her letter of consolation.
"I'm an actress who is living in Korea," the letter reads. "As a family member of war veterans, I feel the horror of war."
Lee's father and late father-in-law fought in the Korean War.
"Ukrainian citizens who love freedom and peace, I hope you do not lose hope and courage. As one of the Korean citizens who also love peace and freedom, I would like to express my support. May God always be with you," it continues.
She said she was praying for the safety of all the Ukrainian people.
"We are very excited and touched by the letter and the great financial contribution of the famous Korean actress Lee Young-ae in support of Ukraine and the demand to end the war as soon as possible! The donations will be transferred to the needs of victims of [Russia's] aggression," Ponomarenko wrote.
Lee is a consistent donor to charitable causes. She gave W100 million to the Korea Military Academy to help children of veterans of the Korean War in 2016 and made a donation to soldiers who lost their legs in a landmine explosion in the demilitarized zone in 2015. Last year, she donated W100 million to Seoul's Asan Medical Center to help sick children.
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