The president’s office wrote in a Facebook post Thursday that Penn attended press briefings, met with Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk and spoke to reporters and military personnel about the Russian invasion.
“Sean Penn is showing courage that many others lack, especially Western politicians,” the president’s office wrote on Facebook. “The director came to Kyiv especially to record all the events currently taking place in Ukraine and to tell the world the truth about Russia’s invasion of our country.”
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He was also there in late November to work on the project, which is produced by VICE Studios. Photographs from the time showed him visiting the front lines of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near the Donetsk region.
The Oscar winner has been involved in numerous international humanitarian and anti-war efforts over the years and founded the non-profit disaster relief organization CORE in response to the 2010 earthquakes in Haiti, reported in the documentary “Citizen Penn”.
A representative for Penn did not immediately respond to request for comment. VICE Studios had no immediate comment.
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