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Sean Penn hailed as 'braver than Western politicians' by Ukraine president for filming war

Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn, 61, is in Ukraine capital, Kiev, filming a documentary which will capture Russia’s invasion and “tell the world the truth”. A spokesperson for President Volodymyr Zelenskyy confirmed Sean’s arrival in a statement, thanking him for capturing the horrific scenes and “demonstrating bravery” in a way some “Western politicians” have not.

The statement said: “The director specially came to Kiev to record all the events that are currently happening in Ukraine and to tell the world the truth about Russia’s invasion of our country.

“Sean Penn is among those who support Ukraine in Ukraine today.

“Our country is grateful to him for such a show of courage and honesty.

“Sean Penn is demonstrating bravery that many others have been lacking, in particular some Western politicians.

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“The more people like that—true friends of Ukraine, who support the fight for freedom—the quicker we can stop this heinous invasion by Russia,” as reported by Newsweek.

Since his arrival, Sean attended a press briefing at the Presidential Office on Thursday where he listened to government officials speak about Russia’s invasion.

It is understood he has also spoken with Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, alongside journalists and members of the Ukrainian military.

The documentary is a Vice Studios production in association with Vice World News and Endeavor Content, as confirmed to Variety.

The Discovery Plus film also detailed the establishment of his non-profit Community Organised Relief Effort (CORE).

CORE also helped administer free Covid tests across America during the pandemic.

The attack in Ukraine, described by Boris Johnson as a “vast invasion”, began early on Thursday with a series of missile and air strikes followed by ground troops crossing the border.

In a televised address to the nation, the Prime Minister said Putin has “unleashed war in our European continent” with a “hideous and barbaric venture”.

He continued by accusing Putin of having “attacked a friendly country without any provocation and without any credible excuses”.

He added: “Innumerable missiles and bombs have been raining down on an entirely innocent population.

“A vast invasion is underway by land, by sea and by air.”

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