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Sean Penn speaks out on the hurt Russian President Vladimir Putin has caused the world as his invasion of Ukraine continues to escalate.
In a new statement, Penn, 61, condemned Putin and applauded Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for his 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 went on to praise the residents 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.”
Penn arrived in Kiev this week to shoot a documentary about the crisis.
“American actor and director, Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn, has arrived in Ukraine,” according to a translated statement from the Office of the President of Ukraine. Facebook page declared. “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.”
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“Today, Sean Penn is among those who support Ukraine in Ukraine,” the statement added. “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 Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine He spoke to journalists, to our military, saw how we defend our country.
“Sean Penn demonstrates the courage that many others lack, including Western politicians. The more such people there will be in our country now, true friends of Ukraine, who support the struggle for freedom, sooner it will be possible to stop Russia’s treacherous attack.”
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“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.”
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,” Rodnyansky tweeted.
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An Instagram account of Zelenskyy showed a video via Instagram Story of the 44-year-old having a chat with Penn.
“The more people know about the war in Ukraine, the greater the likelihood of stopping Russia!” the caption read.