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Lee Young Ae Donates $82,780 to Ukraine

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Lee Young Ae has made a 100 million KRW ($82,780) donation to Ukraine, following the country’s invasion by Russia last week.

On March 1st, the Ukraine ambassador to South Korea, Dmytro Ponomarenko posted a message on Twitter to share that Lee Young Ae had donated and sent a heartfelt letter in support of Ukraine.

“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 Russian aggression.” wrote Ponomarenko, who attached a photo of the check and letter in consolation sent by Lee.

The letter reads, “As a family of veterans who have experienced war, I sympathize with the horrors of the current situation more than anyone else. I sincerely hope the war in Ukraine will end soon and peace will be established as soon as possible, and I pray for everyone’s well-being and the safety of all Ukrainian citizens.

Lee also wrote, “To all the Ukrainian citizens who are calling for freedom and peace, I hope you do not lose your hope and courage! As a citizen of independent Korea who stands for peace, I would like to convey my heart through this small gift to the people of Ukraine. May God always be with you.”

The star is best known for her popular South Korean drama Dae Jang Guem. She also recently starred in JTBC’s Inspector Koo, which premiered in December 2021.

Lee Young Ae’s full letter reads as follows:

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Credit: Dmytro Ponomarenko’s Twitter

Dear Ukrainian citizens,

I am Lee Young Ae, an actress living in Korea. As a family of veterans who have experienced war, I sympathize with the horrors of the war more deeply than anyone else.

I sincerely hope the war in Ukraine will end soon and peace will be established as soon as possible, and I pray for everyone’s well-being and the safety of all Ukrainian citizens.

To all the Ukrainian citizens who are calling for freedom and peace, I hope you do not lose your hope and courage!

As a citizen of independent Korea who stands for peace, I would like to convey my heart through this small gift to the people of Ukraine. May God always be with you.”

March 1, 2022
Yours Sincerely, Lee Young-Ae

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