The Oscar-winning actor, who is on the ground in Ukraine documenting the Russian invasion, has issued a warning to the world.
Sean Penn speaks out on the hurt Russian President Vladimir Putin has caused the world as his invasion of Ukraine continues to escalate.
In a new statement, Penn, 61, condemned Putin and applauded Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for his response to the conflict.
“Already a brutal mistake of lives taken and hearts broken, and if he does not relent, I believe Mr. Putin will have made a most horrific mistake for all of humanity,” Penn said in the statement, which he then shared on Twitter. .
The actor then congratulated the Ukrainian people and their leader for their bravery.
“President Zelensky and the people of Ukraine have established themselves as historical symbols of courage and principle,” he wrote. “Ukraine is spearheading the democratic embrace of dreams. If we allow him to fight alone, our soul as America is lost.
Penn arrived in Kiev this week to shoot a documentary about the crisis.
“The director came to Kyiv specifically to record all the events unfolding in Ukraine as a documentary filmmaker and to tell the world the truth about Russia’s invasion of our country.”
“Today, Sean Penn is among those who support Ukraine in Ukraine,” the statement added.
“Our country is grateful to him for such a display of courage and honesty. This morning, the director went to the office of the president and attended a press briefing by Iryna Vereshchuk, adviser to the chief of staff of the head of state and deputy prime minister – minister for the reintegration of the territories temporarily occupied Ukraine. He spoke to journalists, to our soldiers, saw how we defend our country.
“Sean Penn is showing a courage that many others lack, including Western politicians. The more such people there are in our country now, true friends of Ukraine, who support the struggle for freedom, the sooner it will be possible to stop Russia’s treacherous attack.
“The director has already arrived in Ukraine in November 2021,” the statement concludes. “As part of the preparation for the documentary, he visited the Azov region and spoke with the Ukrainian army.”
Penn was photographed attend a press briefing in the presidential office. He also met with Ukrainian presidential adviser Alexander Rodnyansky on Tuesday evening before the conflict escalated.
“On a slightly more positive note today despite the political and military situation: Exciting, fun and engaging conversation over dinner with @SeanPenn, who came to #Kyiv at this critical time. #StandWithUkraine,” tweeted Rodnyansky.
An Instagram account of Zelenskyy showed a video via Instagram Story of the 44-year-old having a chat with Penn.
“The more people know about the war in Ukraine, the greater the likelihood of stopping Russia!” the caption said.
This story originally appeared on FoxNews and is republished here with permission.
Originally published as Sean Penn gives America a warning while in Ukraine