Sean Penn wore a Flak jacket and helmet when he met with Ukrainian fighters near the front lines with Russia

  • Sean Penn was photographed in a flat jacket and helmet as he visited Ukrainian troops in the Donetsk region on Wednesday.

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  • Penn is reportedly filming a documentary on how the Donbas region of Ukraine has been affected by the conflict with Russia.
  • Penn’s visit comes as the United States raises concerns about Russia’s military build-up in the region.

Actor Sean Penn was photographed in combat gear as he began filming for a new documentary about the conflict between Ukraine and Russia in the eastern part of the country.

Sean Penn in flat jacket and helmet joins Ukrainian armed forces in Donetsk region

Oscar winner Sean Penn is in the region filming a documentary about the conflict between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed rebels

Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation Press Service / Associated Press


Penn’s documentary will focus on “the consequences of Russian aggression,” according to a post on the Facebook page of the Ukrainian Joint Forces operation. Penn visited Ukrainian troops in the Donetsk region near the front lines with Russia. The United States has provided Ukraine with military aid to counter Russian-backed separatists during the Seven Years’ War.

The 61-year-old actor’s arrival in the region comes as US leaders express concern over a build-up of Russian forces near the border with Ukraine, even though Moscow has rejected plans to launch an invasion of Ukraine. Russia conquered the Crimean peninsula in 2014 and gave its fleet a port on the Black Sea.

Sean Penn and a camera crew meet with members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces at an operations center in the Donetsk region

Actor Sean Penn meets with members of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Donetsk region

Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation Press Service / Associated Press



Penn has a habit of appearing in dangerous places. He met with Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, aka “El Chapo,” on a mountaintop for an interview while the drug lord was on the run after escaping from a high-security Mexican prison.

Penn drank tequila with El Chapo and actress Kate del Castillo, who arranged the meeting.

Penn wrote an article for Rolling Stone about the meeting; the article was largely panned, and he later said, “my article has failed.”

Sean Penn with Ukrainian toops and a camera crew in the Donetsk region

The actor was seen wearing a flak jacket and helmet as he visited Ukrainian troops near the front line with Russia

Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation Press Service / Associated Press


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