Sean Penn visits Zelensky and lends an Oscar to the Ukrainian president

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Hollywood actor and director Sean Penn, sanctioned by Russia for criticizing its war in Ukraine, lent his Oscar statuette to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a visit to Kiev on Tuesday.

“It’s just a symbolic and silly thing,” he said, sitting next to the Ukrainian leader at a ceremonial table and pressing a hand to his arm to emphasize his words as aides smiled and laughed. “When you win, bring it back to Malibu.”

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Zelensky presented Penn, who is making a documentary in Ukraine and marking his third wartime visit, with the Order of Merit’s honor for strengthening relations, supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity and helping popularize the country, the minister’s office said. president.

A video showed the two on their way to see a plaque with Penn’s signature, dated February 24, the date of the Russian invasion, and placed on the cobblestones of the “Alley of Courage” inaugurated by Zelensky in August to honor friends of the Ukraine.

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Zelensky, a former comedian and actor, later said in his nightly video speech that Penn had been “doing everything to help us get international support” since visiting the Ukrainian capital on the day of the invasion.

The alley, he said, was a sign of gratitude to prominent figures advocating freedom with Ukrainians, but also “a reminder to all future generations of our people that different people, forces and industries have come together for our victory.”

Editing: Lincoln Feast

Source: CNN Brasil

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