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Inside Sean Penn’s trip to war-torn Ukraine as presidential adviser applauds actor’s ‘energetic’ documentary plans

SEAN Penn’s trip to war-torn Ukraine to film a documentary about the Russian invasion was applauded by a presidential adviser who described him as “energetic and engaged”. after an intimate dinner with the star.

Fans of the Hollywood actor, who interviewed drug lord Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán for a controversial film in 2016, have seen him. appeared at a press conference in Ukraine this month in the midst of all-out war.

Sean Penn poses with a photographer during a press conference in Ukraine

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Sean Penn poses with a photographer during a press conference in UkraineCredit: Reuters
Alexander Rodynasky dined with Penn on February 23 and spoke privately with The Sun about his mission

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Alexander Rodynasky dined with Penn on February 23 and spoke privately with The Sun about his missionCredit: Alexander Rodnyansky courtesy

Since it was confirmed he is in the country filming a new documentary and he has taken to Twitter to say that Putin’s decision to invade was “a brutal mistake of life and broken heart. “

Alexander Rodnyansky, advisor of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyspoke exclusively to The Sun after meeting with Penn, 61, and colleagues on February 23 at Osteria Pantagruel, an Italian restaurant in Kyiv.

“Sean Penn has been in contact with the Office of the President for a while, and he came to Kyiv to learn about our political and economic development and the war with Russia,” he said.

“I first met Sean that evening as we dined in a small circle, with only four people present.

“I knew his colleague, director Aaron Kaufman, before that, because he had many contacts with the Office of the President.

“Our dinner was first and foremost a friendly meeting, not quite a formal business meeting. Of course, we talked extensively about the political situation and the war.

“I’m not sure if Sean will be in Kyiv for weeks, but he’s still in Ukraine right now.

“So he struck me as someone who cares deeply about human nature and the nature of human conflicts.

“It’s certainly important that Sean comes to Kyiv and if he can help shed more light on our plight, the world may find more determination to act decisively in support of Ukraine.”

Although showing bravery by staying in the country and record warPenn still faces criticism online after being photographed meeting with Zelensky.

Rodnyansky told The Sun: “On what I would say to those who question celebrity engagement: well, it depends on what they stand for.

“If celebrities help a noble cause or support a country in trouble [as currently in Ukraine]I would certainly welcome and appreciate that. “

Rodnyansky, who shared a snapshot of his time with Penn, is an assistant professor of economics at Cambridge University but has been on leave since early 2020.

KYIV BELOW SIEGE

He spent time as Presidential Advisor and Supervisory Board Member of the State Savings Bank of Ukraine, where they were preparing to privatize before the invasion. He admits those plans are now “floundering”.

Talking about the situation returning home on Sunday, he said: “A large part of my family is still in Kyiv right now.

“My grandmother had to spend last night in a bomb shelter. My aunt and cousins ​​are here and very scared by all the sirens and the air raids.

“So far, we have been safe, but Kyiv is under siege as enemy forces are trying to topple our leadership in a storm.

“Our military has been trying to stop the Russian advance and their side is counting heavy losses [after just days]. But, as I said, we need to stay strong and keep our cities strong. “

Based on EveryonePenn is on the ground creating a movie about the Ukrainian invasion by capturing firsthand footage.

He was also seen in Ukraine in November 2021, where he was photographed wearing a helmet and military gear.

‘STRONG COUNTRY’

Sharing on Twitter, the actor said this month: “It has been a brutal mistake to take a life and a broken heart, and if he doesn’t calm down, I believe Mr. the most terrible mistake of mankind.

“President Zelensky and the Ukrainian people have risen as historic symbols of courage and principle.”

He added: “Ukraine is the tip of the spear for the democratic dream. If we let it fight alone, our soul as America will be lost.”

According to a translated statement from the Office of the President of Ukraine Collected by NewsweekThe government also officially welcomed the actor Milk back home.

“The special director came to Kyiv to document all the events currently happening in Ukraine and to tell the world the truth about Russia’s invasion of our country,” the statement read.

They said Penn, founder of the Community Organized Relief Effort, was “one of the many supporters of Ukraine in Ukraine today”.

The Oscar-winning star, 61, is pictured in military uniform in November

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The Oscar-winning star, 61, is pictured in military uniform in NovemberCredit: AP
Humanitarians met with President Volodmyr Zelensky for his new film

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Humanitarians met with President Volodmyr Zelensky for his new filmCredits: Volodmyr Zelensky
Penn is working on a documentary with VICE Studios

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Penn is working on a documentary with VICE StudiosCredit: Getty

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