Sean Penn in Ukraine to continue work on Russia conflict documentary

Sean Penn arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Flag Day" in Los Angeles on Aug. 11, 2021.
Sean Penn arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Flag Day" in Los Angeles on Aug. 11, 2021.   -   Copyright  Jordan Strauss/2021 Invision
By Euronews  with AP

Filmmaker and actor Sean Penn is currently in the Ukrainian capital to continue work on a documentary about the ongoing Russian military assault.

The Office of the President wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday that Penn attended press briefings, met with Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk and spoke to journalists and military personnel about the Russian invasion. He was pictured speaking to military personnel on his previous visit in late 2021. 

“Sean Penn demonstrates the courage that many others, especially western politicians lack,” the president’s office wrote on Facebook. “The director specially came to Kyiv 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.”

He was also there in late November to work on the project, which is being produced by VICE Studios. Photographs at the time showed him visiting the frontlines of the Ukrainian Armed Forces near the Donetsk region.

The Oscar-winner has been involved in numerous international humanitarian and anti-war efforts over the years and founded the non-profit disaster relief organization CORE in response to the 2010 earthquakes in Haiti, chronicled in the documentary “Citizen Penn.”