Sean Penn is on hand to direct a documentary about the Russian invasion

American actor and director Sean Penn is in Kiev, where he is filming a documentary about the invasion launched by Russia, the Ukrainian presidency announced Thursday. Sean Penn was photographed among those attending a government news conference in Kiev and can be seen meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky in a video posted on the Ukrainian head of state’s Instagram account.

“The director came to Kiev especially to record all the events taking place in Ukraine and as a documentary filmmaker to tell the world the truth about Russia’s invasion of our country”says a message written in Ukrainian on the presidential services Facebook page, before adding:

“Today, Sean Penn is among those who support Ukraine by being in Ukraine. Our country is grateful to him for such a display of courage and honesty.”

The services of Mr. Zelensky add that the American artist shows courage. “that many others, especially Western politicians, lack”. Sean Penn had already visited Ukraine last November and had met with the military.

At 61, the actor with two Oscars – for harvey milk and Mystical river – is filming a documentary for Vice News, according to NBC News. requested by the AFP, nor Vice none of Sean Penn’s representatives had reacted Thursday afternoon. Sean Penn has caused controversy in the past with his political engagements or on hot topics, especially after his interview with Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán while he was on the run.

His visit to Kiev coincides with the launch by the Russian army of a large-scale military operation on Ukrainian territory, with projectiles and missiles fired near numerous towns in the country, with fighting at the gates of the capital.

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