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Sean Penn has arrived in Kiev to shoot a documentary about the escalating conflict in Ukraine.

On Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with the Hollywood actor, who is said to be directing the film for VICE.

“American actor and director, Oscar winner Sean Penn, has arrived in Ukraine,” read a statement translated from the Facebook page of the Ukrainian president’s office. “The director came to Kyiv specifically to record all the events unfolding 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 read. “Our country is grateful to him for such a display of courage and honesty. This morning, the director visited the office of the president and attended a press briefing by Iryna Vereshchuk, adviser to the chief of staff of the chief of the State and the Vice-President Prime Minister – Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine He spoke to journalists, our military, saw how we defend our country.


Sean Penn has arrived in Kiev to film a documentary about the ongoing conflict.
(Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

“Sean Penn demonstrates the courage that many others lack, including Western politicians,” the statement continued. “The more such people there are in our country now, true friends of Ukraine, who support the struggle for freedom, the sooner it will be possible to stop Russia’s treacherous attack.”

“The director has already arrived in Ukraine in November 2021,” the statement concludes. “As part of the preparation for the documentary, he visited the Azov region and spoke with the Ukrainian army.”

A spokesperson for the 61-year-old, as well as the Ukrainian Embassy, ​​did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.

Penn was photographed attending a press briefing at the presidential office. He also met with Ukrainian presidential adviser Alexander Rodnyansky on Tuesday evening before the conflict escalated.


“On a slightly more positive note today despite the political and military situation: Exciting, fun and engaging conversation over dinner with @SeanPenn, who came to #Kyiv at this critical time. #StandWithUkraine,” he said. he tweeted.

An Instagram account of Zelenskyy showed a video via Instagram Story of the 44-year-old having a chat with Penn. There was a caption that said, “The more people know about the war in Ukraine, the higher the likelihood of stopping Russia!”

Photos of Penn’s visit were shared on Twitter.


Sean Penn arrives in Ukraine to shoot a documentary on the Russian invasion

Actor and director Sean Penn attends a press briefing at the presidential office in Kyiv, Ukraine February 24, 2022.
(Ukrainian Presidential News Service/Handout via REUTERS)

In 2017, actress Kate del Castillo released a three-part documentary series called “The Day I Met El Chapo” for Netflix. The documentary chronicles the 49-year-old’s version of events surrounding a 2015 encounter with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, a Mexican drug lord who at the time was in hiding from authorities.

When del Castillo met Guzman, she said it was with the intention of making a film about her life. She brought in two film producers and Penn, who then wrote an article for Rolling Stone about the encounter. The pair then clashed over their accounts of what happened.

Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, unleashing airstrikes on cities and military bases and sending troops and tanks from multiple directions in a move that could rewrite the global geopolitical landscape. The Ukrainian government appealed for help as civilians piled into trains and cars to flee.


Sean Penn arrives in Ukraine to shoot a documentary on the Russian invasion

It was reported that Sean Penn previously visited the country in November.
(Presley Ann/Getty Images)

President Vladimir Putin shrugged off global condemnation and cascading new sanctions as he unleashed Europe’s biggest ground war in decades, and coldly referenced his country’s nuclear arsenal. He threatened any foreign country trying to interfere with “consequences you’ve never seen”.

Ukrainian officials said their forces were fighting the Russians on multiple fronts and had lost control of the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the scene of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

“Russia has gone down the wrong path, but Ukraine is standing up for itself and will not give up its freedom,” Zelenskyy tweeted.

Later he proposed to Russia to end hostilities.

“It is not Ukraine that chose the path of war, but Ukraine proposes to return to the path of peace,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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