Sean Penn in Ukraine for Documentary on the Russian Invasion

As people try to flee Ukraine amid what its leaders call Russia’s “full-scale invasion” of the country, American actor and filmmaker Sean Penn traveled to the capital city. Penn came to Kyiv to record the events happening in Ukraine, the office of the president said in a statement.

Penn wants to show the world what is happening during the invasion, and the office of the president said the country is grateful for him to show courage and honesty, according to the translation of the statement, which was shared on Facebook.

The Oscar-winning actor visited the office of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and was at a press briefing with the head of state and vice prime minister. The office shared a photo of Penn at the briefing, sitting in the front row, wearing sun glasses.

Penn spoke to journalists and members of the military, according to the statement. He also visited Ukraine in November 2021 and spoke with the military in Priazov for his documentary. 

The office of the president said Penn “demonstrates the courage that many others, especially western politicians, lack,” according to the statement, and that more support from people like Penn can help end the invasion.

Zelensky also shared an Instagram story of himself and Penn talking. CBS News has reached out to the office of the president and the American embassy in Ukraine for more information and is awaiting response. 

Sean Penn with Ukrainian president
Sean Penn attended a press briefing and chatted with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy according to photos shared on the president’s social media pages. Instagram: zelenskiy_official

Penn is reportedly filming the documentary for Vice Studios, according to Variety. CBS News has reached out to Vice for confirmation and is awaiting response.

Ukraine’s military was fighting to repel a “full-scale invasion” by Russia on at least three fronts, officials there said Thursday. Russian shelling began early Thursday morning local time, just moments after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced he had “decided to conduct a special military operation” aimed at the “demilitarization and denazification” of the neighboring country.

The invasion threatens to become Europe’s largest land war in more than 75 years, and Western leaders are vowing to make Putin pay.

President Joe Biden accused Putin of personally choosing to carry out “a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering.” The head of the European Union called it “barbaric,” and Japan, Australia and Canada are also among the nations that have issued statements condemning the attack. 

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  1. What an idiot. Does he actually think he’s going to do anything of any good over there? He’s about as dumb as that 90210 reboot actress who recites a poem about being Putin’s mom. Hollywood is so high on their own crap that they actually think they are influential. They suck a big one and need to either stick to acting or shut up.

    1. Talk is cheap my friend ! If your so “BRAVE” why don’t you volunteer to go over and Help the Ukraine people ! My guess is your a coward !

  2. Isn’t he something all dressed up looking military. What a total ass wipe. I don’t really understand his angle since he’s all about communist governments, Venezuela, Cuba, etc.and oh there is the matter of his idol Cesar Chavez, a marauding killer. These Hollywooders are so wrapped up in there own importance. I’m gonna take this over and watch me be a manly man.. he better look up, cuz his redemption draweth nigh. And I mean that spiritually and as far as taking cover from missles and bombs

  3. He is a commie a———! Who gives a rats fanny about what he does. He is a poor example of a U.S. citizen!

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