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Sean Penn Reveals What Happened When He Met Ukraine President Zelenskyy

Sean Penn recently opened up about Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Sean Penn recently opened up about Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The actor was in Ukraine on the day of Russia’s invasion to document the ongoing conflict in the area, and told Anderson Cooper 360 his experience with meeting the President.

“Meeting with President Zelenskyy the day before the invasion and then meeting with him again on the day of the invasion, I don’t know if he knew he was born for this, but it was clear that I was in the presence of something… that was new to the modern world in terms of courage and dignity and love,” he said.

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“This is an extraordinary moment. I was impressed and moved by him and terrified for him and for Ukraine.”

His nonprofit organization, Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), is helping to support people in Ukraine amid the invasion.

“We’re distributing hygiene kits. We’re giving cash assistance and water to refugees as they come through. We’re working now to bring our staff into the other side as well, because you really have two kinds of struggles with the refugees,” explained the actor.

“One is trying to get out of the country, and the other, figuring out what to do.”

“A lot of the people, plenty of them well-to-do, left their jobs and bank accounts behind, and so this is their new reality. We need assistance with CORE. We’ve never been very good at getting on the media front, which is ironic, given that I’m supposed to help do that when it comes to the cash assistance that CORE needs to help people but I definitely want to ask people to help us out,” he continued.

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