Sean Penn has landed in Ukraine to film a documentary about.
"The director specially came to Kyiv to record all the events that are currently happening in Ukraine and to tell the world the truth about Russia's invasion of our country," reads a statement released Thursday by the office of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. "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."
Since arriving in Eastern Europe, the Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker has visited the president's office, and spoken with Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk, local journalists and members of the Ukrainian military.
Russiain what it called a "special military operation," prompting reports of a "steady stream of loud explosions" along the borders of the two countries. The attacks came minutes after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the start of military operations after months of mounting tensions.
Whileon Thursday, US President Joe Biden accused Putin of wanting to reestablish the former Soviet Union, saying the conflict is "about naked aggression, about Putin's desire for empire by any means necessary."
Penn also visited Ukraine in November to prepare for his documentary. During that visit, he visited the Azov region and talked with the Ukrainian military.
The film is a joint production of Vice Studios, which confirmed Penn's presence in Ukraine to Variety; Vice World News; and Endeavor Content.
Representatives for Penn didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the film.
Penn has participated in a number of anti-war and humanitarian efforts over the years. He co-founded Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), a nonprofit that "responds immediately to support underserved communities across the globe through and beyond crises," according to its Instagram page.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, another celebrity on the ground in Ukraine as the attacks escalate,. "I have a passport and a way out," the former Dancing With the Stars professional said. "A lot of people here do not."