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The Oscar-winning actor has been filming for a documentary on Russia’s military invasion of the country, which began last Thursday (24 February).
In his latest tweet, Penn told followers: “Myself & two colleagues walked miles to the Polish border after abandoning our car on the side of the road.”
Myself & two colleagues walked miles to the Polish border after abandoning our car on the side of the road. Almost all the cars in this photo carry women & children only, most without any sign of luggage, and a car their only possession of value. pic.twitter.com/XSwCDgYVSH— Sean Penn (@SeanPenn) February 28, 2022
Alongside an image of him dragging a suitcase down a road with busy traffic, he added: “Almost all the cars in this photo carry women & children only, most without any sign of luggage, and a car their only possession of value.”
As reported by Variety, Penn had been on the ground in Ukraine to produce the documentary in Vice Studios production last week when Russian troops launched their attack.
He condemned the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin on Twitter, writing: “Already a brutal mistake of lives taken and hearts broken, and if he doesn’t relent, I believe Mr. Putin will have made a most horrible mistake for all of humankind.
“President Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people have risen as historic symbols of courage and principle.”
Penn continued: “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.”
The Milk star sat down with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss Russia’s invasion, as confirmed in a Facebook post shared by the president’s office last week.
He also attended press briefings, met with Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk and spoke with journalists and members of the Ukrainian military about the attack.
The government office wrote in a statement: “Sean Penn demonstrates the courage that many others, especially western politicians lack.
“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.”
Penn last visited the country in November 2021, where he was said to have met with Ukrainian forces as tensions mounted between Kyiv and Moscow.
The actor has produced a number of anti-war and humanitarian projects over the years, including the 2020 documentary Citizen Penn, which details the efforts of the actor and a group of volunteers as they bring aid to Haitians after the devastating 2010 earthquake.
If you would like to donate to the Red Cross Emergency Appeal, which will help provide food, medicines and basic medical supplies, shelter and water to those in Ukraine, click here for more information.
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