Oscar-winning actor and film-maker Sean Penn branded the war a “brutal mistake” and urged his fellow Americans not to allow Ukraine to defend their country alone. The 61-year-old was in the country to film a documentary about rising tensions between the two nations, which had been planned months before the ill-fated invasion began.
The actor could be seen sitting in the front row of a government press briefing in Kyiv, before he took to Twitter to share his anguish at the dramatic scenes unfolding.
“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,” he warned.
“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.”
Sean is already well-known for his international philanthropy, having previously flown into Haiti after an earthquake to film a documentary called Citizen Penn.
However, his latest attempts to assist Ukraine have seen him heralded as more courageous than the Western political leaders.
The Ukrainian Government’s official statement was published on Facebook, praising: “Sean Penn demonstrates the courage that many others, especially western politicians lack.”
“[He] 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,” the statement continued.
Zelensky has attempted to maintain optimism amid the bombings of his country, posting motivational and reassuring quotes on social media.
One read: “We successfully fought off enemy attacks. We are defending our country, our land, future of our children (sic).”
He has also urged Russian soldiers to turn back and go home in a personal address, begging them not to believe propaganda about the country.
However, today’s prospective peace talks between the two countries broke up without any resolution – and after radiation levels spiked at the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl while its workers were held hostage by Russian soldiers, fears were sparked for Ukraine’s future.