American actor Sean Penn He showed himself to be a faithful defender of Ukraine from moment zero of the war that Russia launched on its territory.
This week, during a conference on mental health attended by President Volodimir Zelensky, first lady Olena Zelenska and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Penn again gave his full support to Ukrainians and assured that “The great hope is that they will become the change in the history of humanity” and? “maintain this unity in times of peace”.
Again, the actor maintained that “Ukraine has to triumph” because “We already see what happens when Russians deny humanity”. “We are all in this together,” she insisted.
These statements are not new from the mouth of the actor who even visited kyiv in this last year and a half of attacks, and even left one of his Oscar awards there.
The surprise, however, came when asked by a journalist about the Russian president, Vladimir Putin.
In his reflection, Penn began by saying that “the best definition of evil that has been heard is the absence of good” and, in that sense, “what I see” in the Russian President “is an absence of anything, even vaguely interesting”.
“It’s like a container of nothing.”he added.
Next, the journalist asked him what he would say if he had the opportunity to send a message to the Kremlin leader.
“If I were in a position, like some of our leaders, to say something to him, I would do it by completely arming the Ukrainians, yesterday“, answered.
In his presentation, Penn also reflected on the conflict in general and the lessons that this tragedy must leave the world.
“In a certain sense I agree that It all comes down to one man. It’s clearly been triggered by that.“, he declared about the power of Moscow that allowed him to start his offensive with the desire to take over other people’s territories and violate all kinds of laws and rights.
“I don’t want to live in a world where a gangster with nuclear weapons dictates my life.”he concluded.
When the war broke out, Penn was in Ukraine filming a documentary, coincidentally about the conflict with Russia.
From that moment on, the actor repudiated the “special operation” – as Putin called it – and called it “a brutal mistake”.
“It is already a brutal mistake of lives taken and hearts broken, and if he does not give in, I believe that Mr. Putin will have made a most horrible mistake for all of humanity,” he declared then.
“super power”, the name of the documentary, changed its focus with the development of the events until the current one which, according to Penn himself, seeks to show how a comic actor (Zelensky), who had been elected president of Ukraine, became a historical leader and of his country’s war for freedom.
This work led him to travel to the country at least three times and to receive, in turn, the Order of Merit third class from the President himself as a sign of “his sincere support and his important contribution to the popularization of Ukraine in the world.”