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Sean Penn spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, on Wednesday.
Following the conversation, the actor, who has been in Ukraine since the war with Russia began, took to Twitter to weigh in on the country’s jet needs.
“I just got a call with President Zelensky’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak,” he wrote. “Somewhere in the bureaucratic chain between our White House and the Polish government, desperately NEEDED planes are yet to be delivered to Ukraine. Public outcry may find the bottleneck.”
Poland has offered to donate its entire fleet of MiG-29s fighter for United States in return for a chance to buy American F-16s as part of a deal to bolster the Ukrainian Air Force while modernizing the Poles with NATO aircraft.
SEAN PENN ARRIVES IN UKRAINE TO FILM DOCUMENTARY ABOUT RUSSIAN INVASION
Ukrainian defense officials have been asking for days for help with supplies ranging from helmets to ammunition and fighter jets, a request Poland appeared ready to fulfill nearly two weeks later. The invasion of Russia of his little neighbour.
Earlier Tuesday, a bipartisan group of US lawmakers sent a letter to President Biden urging him to support a deal with Poland.
But Pentagon press secretary John Kirby pushed the United States away from the proposal later in the day, saying that while the decision to hand over jets to Ukraine is in the hands of the Polish government, US involvement “raises serious concerns for the entire NATO alliance”.
He said the United States would continue talks with Poland and the rest of NATO on the issue.
For Penn’s part, the actor also shared an article published by The Telegraph on Wednesday titled “It is the duty of the world to do all we can to stop Vladimir Putin.”
SEAN PENN “WALKED MILES” TO THE POLAND BORDER FOR A DOCUMENTARY ON THE UKRAINE-RUSSIA CRISIS
Penn “drove miles” to the Polish border on February 28 from Ukrainewhere he shoots a documentary on the Russian invasion.
The actor took to Twitter to share an update just days after it was revealed he was in Kyiv filming a documentary on the escalation of the conflict.
“Me and two co-workers drove miles to the Polish border after dumping our car on the side of the road,” Penn revealed in a tweet.
“Almost all the cars in this picture are carrying only women and children, most with no sign of luggage, and a car is their only valuable asset,” he added.
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Penn previously convicted Russian President Vladimir Putin and applauded Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for its response to the conflict.
“Already a brutal mistake of lives taken and hearts broken, and if he does not relent, I believe Mr. Putin will have made a most horrific mistake for all of humanity,” Penn said in the statement, which he then shared on Twitter. .
The “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” actor then praised the people of Ukraine and their leader for their bravery.
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“President Zelensky and the people of Ukraine have established themselves as historic symbols of courage and principle,” he wrote. “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.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale attack on Ukraine on February 24.
A Russian airstrike on Wednesday devastated a maternity hospital in the beleaguered port city of Mariupol amid growing warnings from the West that the invasion of Moscow is about to take a more brutal and indiscriminate turn. Ukrainian officials said at least 17 people were injured in the attack.
Melissa Roberto and Michael Ruiz of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.