The actor went to the Polish border on foot while witnessing families fleeing from war. Sean arrived in Kyiv last week and attended press briefings as a documentary maker.
Sean Penn, 61, continued to chronicle his time in Ukraine on Monday, Feb. 28, tweeting what he and his colleagues witnessed while waking to the Polish border. The Oscar-winner shared a photo of himself walking down a long road with his luggage in tow and what appeared to be miles of cars lining the road. “Myself & two colleagues walked miles to the Polish border after abandoning our car on the side of the road. Almost all the cars in this photo carry women & children only, most without any sign of luggage, and a car, their only possession of value,” he wrote.
Myself & two colleagues walked miles to the Polish border after abandoning our car on the side of the road. Almost all the cars in this photo carry women & children only, most without any sign of luggage, and a car their only possession of value. pic.twitter.com/XSwCDgYVSH
— Sean Penn (@SeanPenn) February 28, 2022
Sean arrived in Ukraine last week and was seen at a press conference held by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday, Feb. 24, just hours after war began to take hold. The actor has been working with VICE on a documentary about the ongoing tension between Russia and Ukraine since Nov. 2021.
The Ukrainian Office of the President thanked the actor in a statement on Facebook, writing, “Sean Penn is among those who support Ukraine in Ukraine today. Our country is grateful to him for such a show of courage and honesty.” It later went on, “Sean Penn demonstrates the courage that many others, especially western politicians lack.”
Sean called Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military action a “brutal mistake” in a pair of Feb. 26 tweets. “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. President Zelensky and the Ukrainian people have risen as historic symbols of courage and principle,” he wrote. “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.”