(Reuters) – Hollywood actor and director Sean Penn, who has been sanctioned by Russia for criticizing the war in Ukraine, met Ukrainian Volodymyr Zelensky during a visit to Kyiv on Tuesday. Lent an Oscar statuette to the president.
“It’s just symbolic and ridiculous,” he said, sitting beside the Ukrainian leader at the table at the ceremony, holding his arms to emphasize his words as aides smiled and laughed. “If you win, bring it back to Malibu.”
According to the president’s office, President Zelensky told Penn, who is making a documentary in Ukraine and making his third wartime visit, to strengthen ties, support Ukraine’s territorial integrity and contribute to the spread of the country. Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
The video shows two men on their way to see a plaque with a pen signature dated February 24, the date of the invasion of Russia, opened in August by President Zelensky to honor his friend. It is installed on the pavement of “Alley of Courage”. Ukraine.
In his nightly video address, former comedian and actor Zelensky said that since his visit to the Ukrainian capital on the day of the invasion, Penn “has done everything to garner international support.”
This alley is a token of gratitude to Ukrainians and the luminaries who defended freedom, and at the same time, “all future generations will know that different peoples, forces and industries have united for our victory.” It was also something that reminded me of
Other winners named by Zelensky included the Presidents of the European Commission, Latvia and Poland, the Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovenia, and former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Reported by Elaine Monaghan, Washington, DC.Edited by Lincoln Feast
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