US actor-director photographed attending a authorities information convention in Kyiv and seen assembly with President Zelenskyy in a video.
American actor and director Sean Penn is in Kyiv, making a documentary about Russia’s assault, says the Ukrainian president’s workplace.
The double Oscar winner was photographed attending a authorities press convention in Kyiv, and may very well be seen assembly with Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a video posted to the Ukrainian president’s official Instagram account.
“The director got here to Kyiv particularly to file all of the occasions happening in Ukraine and as a documentary filmmaker to inform the world the reality about Russia’s invasion of our nation,” mentioned a publish in Ukrainian on the presidential workplace’s Fb web page on Thursday.
“Right now, Sean Penn is amongst those that assist Ukraine whereas being in Ukraine. Our nation is grateful to him for such a show of braveness and honesty,” mentioned the publish.
“Penn demonstrates the sort of braveness that many others, together with Western politicians, lack”.
Penn, who beforehand visited Ukraine and met with navy workers in November, spoke with journalists and troopers and “noticed how we defend our nation,” the president’s workplace mentioned.
The 61-year-old star of Milk and Mystic River is making a documentary for Vice Studios, in accordance with NBC Information.
Neither Vice nor Penn’s representatives instantly responded to the AFP information company’s requests for remark.
His newest go to comes as Russian forces pressed deep into Ukraine, with battles raging on the outskirts of Kyiv, and missiles and shells raining down on a number of Ukrainian cities.
Penn has beforehand attracted controversy on account of his foray into politics and present affairs, particularly after he and Mexican-American actress Kate del Castillo interviewed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman whereas he was on the run.
In 2018, Penn was reported to be in Turkey making an as-yet-unreleased documentary concerning the homicide of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi within the kingdom’s consulate.