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