Sean Penn: “Ukraine will win this fight”

TOPSHOT – American actor Sean Penn speaks during a press conference on the agreeement of co-operation between the City of Rzeszow and the CORE foundation, on March 25, 2022 in Rzeszow, Poland, some 80 km from the Ukrainian-Polish border. (Photo by Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP) (Photo by ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Actor and filmmaker Sean Penn, speaking with CNN’s Jim Acosta from Warsaw, Poland, predicted today Ukraine “will win this fight.”

“No question in my mind,” said Penn, who was reportedly in the Ukraine working on a documentary when Russian forces invaded. “And the question will be, where will we be when they did.”

Penn, who founded the charity CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, said he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and praised the country’s “extraordinary courage and unification.”

“What I would say is, I can’t imagine any human being would have fully known that they were born for this moment until this moment would have happened,” he said of the Ukrainian president.

Penn also said he hopes the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes the Ukrainian crisis when it presents the Oscars tomorrow, possibly by allowing Zelensky to speak via a video link.

“There is nothing greater that the Academy Awards could do than to give him that opportunity to talk to all of us,” Penn said.

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