Actor Sean Penn visited Ukraine for the third time and presented President Volodymyr Zelensky with an "Oscar" as a symbol of faith in Ukraine's victory over the Russian occupiers. “If I know this is here with you, then I’ll feel better and stronger for the fight,” Penn told Zelenskyy Zelenski said that this award will remain in their country until the war is over.
In turn, he presented the actor with the Order of Merit of the third degree for strengthening interstate cooperation and for significant contribution to the promotion of Ukraine in the world. This is the third time that Sean has visited Ukraine since the beginning of the war.
In February, he shot a documentary in this country amid the Russian invasion. "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," he said then.
"American actor and film director Sean Penn @seanpenn came to Ukraine for the third time during the full-scale war already." said Zelensky. “This time our meeting was special. Sean brought his Oscar statuette as a symbol of faith in the victory of our country.
It will be in Ukraine until the end of the war. It was with great pleasure that I presented Sean Penn with the Order of Merit of the III degree. Thank you for such sincere support and significant contribution to the popularization of Ukraine in the world." His name was also engraved on a stone on the Walk of the Brave, which recognizes "brave people who have stood with Ukraine since the beginning".
A post on Zelenskyy’s Instagram page read:
"The Walk of the Brave is a place thanks to which present and future generations of Ukrainians will remember those brave people who have stood with Ukraine from the very beginning.
Next to the names of many world leaders who helped Ukraine during the war, there is a name plaque of Sean Penn. @seanpenn visited Ukraine on the first day of the Russian invasion to document the events in our country and tell the world the truth about Russian aggression.
Such support for Ukraine and its people is extremely valuable."
In September, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation sanctioned Penn for supporting the people of Ukraine. He was banned from entering the country.