Leonardo DiCaprio, who share Ukrainian origins through his maternal grandmother Helene Indenbirken, has forcefully opposed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, joining a long list of celebrities throughout the world.
As the war between Russia and Ukraine continues, Hollywood celebrity Leonardo DiCaprio, well known for his role in the famous film ‘Titanic’, has given 10M US dollor ( approximately 76 Crore Indian rupees) to the Ukrainian government. The massive contribution is presumably intended to fund both war efforts and humanitarian activities within the country.
DiCaprio, who share Ukrainian origins through his maternal grandmother Helene Indenbirken, has forcefully opposed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, joining a long list of celebrities throughout the world. Indenbirken was born as Jelena Stepanovna Smirnova in Odessa, Ukraine, but moved to Germany with her parents in 1917.
In 1943, Helene gave birth to Leonardo’s mother, Irmelin Indenbirken, in a German air raid bunker. Irmelin divorced Leonardo’s father, George DiCaprio, when he was a year old toddler and nurtured Leonardo on his own.
Leonardo also shared a emotional bond with his maternal grandmother, Helene, who was always supportive of his acting career. Helene died in 2008 at the age of 93.
A few days after the conflict began, many Ukrainian-born celebrities flew back home from other countries to fight for their nation.
The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has openly pleaded to the international community for both military and financial assistance as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine wreaks havoc on the country.
The National Bank of Ukraine has decided to set up a special fundraising account to help Ukraine’s Armed Forces.
According to polishnews.co.uk.he, Leonardo’s contribution to war-ravaged Ukraine was announced by the International Visegrad Fund, a project of the Visegrad Group aiming at financial assistance for international projects that specifically encourage development in Eastern Europe.