As Putin’s invasion of Ukraine continues to intensify, Sean Penn is speaking out about the harm he is doing to the world. The Oscar-winning actor is currently in Ukraine documenting the invasion for Vice Studios.
Actor Sean Penn has actively condemned Vladimir Putin, thanking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a statement yesterday.
“Already a brutal mistake of lives taken and hearts broken, and if he doesn’t relent, I believe Mr. Putin will have made a most horrible mistake for all of humankind,”
Penn says. He later posted his comments to Twitter.
Ukraine is the tip of the spear for the democratic embrace of dreams. If we allow it to fight alone, our soul as America is lost. (2/2)
— Sean Penn (@SeanPenn) February 26, 2022
Penn’s arrival in Kyiv last week was met with a welcome response from the Office of the President of Ukraine. A translated statement from the official Facebook page says,
“American actor and film director, Oscar winner Sean Penn arrived in Ukraine… The director came to Kyiv specifically to record all the events taking place in Ukraine as a documentary filmmaker and to tell the world the truth about Russia’s invasion of our country.
“Today, Sean Penn is among those who support Ukraine in Ukraine,” the statement adds.
Since his arrival, Penn has been spotted during a news conference at the presidential office. He has also met with presidential adviser Alexander Rodnyansky of Ukraine whilst documenting the crisis.
On a slightly more positive note today in spite of the political and military situation: Exciting, fun and captivating conversation over dinner with @SeanPenn, who came to #Kyiv at this critical moment. #StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/GLwoDlrFcg
— Alexander Rodnyansky (@arodnyansky) February 23, 2022
Zelenskyy’s Instagram account showed the 44-year-old having a conversation with Penn via an Instagram Story. “The more people know about the war in the Ukraine, the higher the likelihood of stopping Russia!” the caption stated.
Leading by Example
The two-time Academy Award-winning lead actor is best known for his roles in “Milk” and “Mystic River”. Currently, he appears in Paul Thomas Anderson’s best picture Oscar nominee “Licorice Pizza”.
Aside from his film accolades, Penn is also well-known for his activism. He is the subject of the documentary “Citizen Penn”, which follows his work in Haiti following the country’s earthquake devastation.
He also assisted the New Orleans area in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and he has utilised his non-profit organisation CORE to assist in the administration of vaccines and tests in the United States during the pandemic. The actor made headlines in 2016 when an interview with Rolling Stone began circulating – for an article about Mexican drug lord, El Chapo.
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