Sean Penn and Amb. O’Brien details Ukraine’s first-hand experiences on Fox Nation

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The war between Russia and Ukraine rages on, and Fox Nation brings viewers first-hand accounts from the country in an exclusive interview with actor Sean Penn and former national security adviser Robert O’Brien.

Fox News Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier sat down with the actor and former national security adviser to capture some of their personal experiences in Ukraine, diving into their friendship and how the CORE organization Penn’s Response was born.

Actor and director Sean Penn tours Ukrainian Armed Forces positions near the frontline with Russian-backed separatists in the Donetsk region of Ukraine in this photo released by the Operation Press Service Joint Forces November 18, 2021. Joint Forces Operation News Service/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.

O’Brien and Penn began with their story of friendship which began with joint efforts to rescue Americans who were held hostage, including kidnapped journalist Austin Tice.

Penn immersed himself in CORE’s story, beginning after hearing reports of amputations without intravenous painkillers and seeking a supply of morphine to help him.


” Paul Farmer [American medical anthropologist] tells me they need 350,000 vials of morphine. And if you take it to your embassy, ​​I’ll pick up friends with vans, and we’ll deliver it to trauma centers and so on,” he said.

“And it happened, and he said it – I remember going to see the lieutenant-colonel of the 82nd Airborne with whom we were embarked at that time in Port-au-Prince. And I I said, is it going to be a problem for you if I have a bunch of boxes of morphine in my tent labeled A gift from the people of Venezuela? And he said, we’ll apologize later. is what launched CORE,” Penn explained.

Ukrainian-Americans wave the giant Ukrainian flag in Washington, DC

Ukrainian-Americans wave the giant Ukrainian flag in Washington, DC
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Baier then asked O’Brien about his previous experiences in Ukraine when he replied that he had traveled to the country as a member of the International Republican Institute to observe their election process in 2014.

“There was a lady who came to vote, and she had her daughter with her. And her daughter had a Ukrainian flag. And I said, ‘don’t you have babysitting today?’ Or ‘why did you bring your daughter?’ “said O’Brien.

He then clarified that the Ukrainian said she chose to bring her daughter with her so she could see that “[they] can vote for [their] its own leaders” and could “see what a democracy looks like” because it had experienced everything it was under Soviet rule or under a “corrupt regime”.


“I really developed a love for the people of Ukraine. They are wonderful people, and now we see their spirit, their boldness and their audacity as they fight a much bigger neighbor for their own freedom and for their own sovereignty. “, did he declare. mentioned.

O’Brien stressed the urgency of supplying Ukraine with javelin missiles, noting former President Donald Trump’s desire to arm the country while in office.

Penn detailed the situation once the Russian invasion began, which led him to film his documentary about the war zone and how he had to weigh his options to stay or leave.


He also shared a message of unity, stressing that what he saw from the Ukrainian people is something Americans should strive to emulate in this divided time.

“We became so divided and going to Ukraine, more than anything else, was the impact of what we were missing. People who have diversity and polarization of ideology, who are able to work together and to fight together and to have a common courage, and it’s something to realize what we have missed in our daily sense of life, that they have under this threat,” he said.

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