Sean Penn impressed after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky amid Russian invasion

6 March, 04:34 PM
Sean Penn listening to President Volodymyr Zelensky speaking in Kyiv (Photo:Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS)

Sean Penn listening to President Volodymyr Zelensky speaking in Kyiv (Photo:Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS)

American actor and director Sean Penn spoke about his impressions of his two meetings with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview with CNN.

He said he met with Zelensky the day before the invasion and then on the day of the invasion.

“I don’t know if he knew that he was born for this, but it was clear that I was in the presence of something new, new for the modern world,” Penn recalled.

“Courage, dignity and ... love that comes from a person. And the way he united the country.”

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Sean Penn speaking about Zelensky on CNN

He also emphasized that the meeting with Volodymyr Zelensky was an extraordinary moment, and the actor “was endlessly impressed and moved by him”, and Penn “was scared for him and for Ukraine.”

“I do know that we have to invest everything that we have to support the Ukrainian people, and support Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, or we will not have a memory of what America used to be,” the actor emphasized. 

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