Japanese billionaire Mikitani donates $8.7 million to Ukraine
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The founder of e-commerce giant Rakuten said in a letter addressed to Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky that the donation of 1 billion yen ($8.7 million) will go toward "humanitarian activities to help people in Ukraine who are victims of the violence".
Mikitani said he visited Kyiv in 2019 and met with Zelensky.
"I believe that the trampling of a peaceful and democratic Ukraine by unjustified force is a challenge to democracy.
Russia's invasion has prompted broad financial sanctions from major democracies while individuals and organisations across the world have solicited donations to help Ukraine.
The Japanese government has also announced sanctions on Moscow including freezing assets and banning key exports such as semiconductors to organisations related to the Russian military.