Actor and activist Sean Penn was recently in Ukraine to work on a timely documentary on Russian aggression and was forced to join thousands of Ukrainians fleeing the country.

While he was there he meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy whom he praised for his ‘courage and dignity.’

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, he spoke movingly about meeting Zelenskyy, his worries for Ukraine …and the rest of the world.

“This is an extraordinary moment. The way he has unified that country. And I think Mr Putin certainly paved the way for that. I was endlessly impressed and moved by him and terrified for him and for Ukraine,” Penn added, on the verge of tears.


In wrapping up, Penn, who founded the CORE philanthropic organization, adds:

(The US must) ‘invest everything’ into supporting their democracy or ‘lose a legitimate memory of what America hopes to be’.