Sean Penn is doubling down connected his telephone for nan United States to proviso Ukraine pinch modern combatant jets amid nan country's warfare against Russia.
The 62-year-old actor, who first pressed nan White House connected Ukraine's request for jets past March, said President Joe Biden's astonishment travel to Kyiv this week to people nan one-year day of Russia's penetration was "extremely encouraging." However, he stressed that nan U.S. proceed sending subject aid, including modern aircraft, to nan war-torn nation.
"There’s nary script wherever Ukraine loses this battle," nan two-time Academy Award victor said told Politico successful an question and reply that was published connected Friday.
Sean Penn calls connected U.S. President Joe Biden to proviso Ukraine pinch modern combatant jets. (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
He continued, "There’s a script wherever territory is taken, and Putin buys his measurement into fighting insurgents passim a surgery infrastructure of a surgery country."
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"But nan Ukrainians are going to conflict till nan past driblet of blood. And that driblet of humor will beryllium connected our hands if we don’t faithfully equip them."
Two weeks aft Russia invaded Ukraine, nan "Milk" prima took to Twitter to impulse nan U.S. and Polish governments to supply Ukraine pinch combatant jets.
"I JUST sewage disconnected a telephone pinch President Zelensky’s Chief of staff, Andriy Yermak," he wrote connected Mar. 9. "Somewhere successful nan bureaucratic concatenation betwixt our White House & nan Polish Gov., nan desperately NEEDED jets are not yet delivered to Ukraine. Public outcry whitethorn find nan bottleneck."
The character has many times urged nan management to proceed arming nan Ukrainian military. (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Poland had offered to springiness its full fleet of MiG-29 combatant jets to nan U.S. successful speech for a chance to bargain American F-16s arsenic portion of a woody to bolster nan Ukrainian aerial force while upgrading their ain pinch NATO aircraft.
However, the Pentagon announced later that it would not support Poland's proposal, referring to nan move arsenic "high-risk" for escalating tensions pinch Russia.
The pursuing month, Penn called for buyers from nan backstage assemblage to walk $300 cardinal to bargain 2 squadrons of U.S.-made F-15 aliases F-16 combatant jets, adding, "12 craft pinch amended tech than Russian MiGs aliases SU’s [Sukhoi]."
"One billionaire could extremity this warfare successful Ukraine," he wrote. "Of people location are add-ons successful arming & maintaining imaginative runways, etc, but seems worthy a think."
The character has since deleted his Twitter account.
Penn has reiterated his calls for Ukraine to beryllium supplied pinch much precocious craft during media interviews and successful backstage conversations pinch members of Congress, Politico reported.
The "Mystic River" character explained nan combatant jets that nan Ukrainians are presently utilizing are insufficient to combat Russia's much precocious aircraft.
"The Ukrainians are flying without guided rocket systems," he told Politico. "So, they really person to get a ocular connected nan Russian MiGs to sprout them down."
He continued, "Whereas nan Russian combatant jets tin fastener in, occurrence a guided rocket from 100 kilometers out, past duck into safe airspace."
Penn was filming a documentary astir President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and nan conflict erstwhile Russia invaded Ukraine. (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
The Biden management has faced mounting unit to supply Ukraine pinch modern combatant jets from some Republican and Democratic lawmakers arsenic good arsenic Ukrainian authorities officials, including President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Last month, Biden told a White House newsman "No" erstwhile asked if he planned to nonstop Ukraine F-16 combatant jets.
During his question and reply pinch Politico, Penn recalled being successful Kyiv erstwhile Russia invaded Ukraine connected Feb. 24, 2022. He had a gathering pinch Zelenskyy nan nighttime earlier nan penetration successful which nan president agreed to participate successful Penn's documentary astir nan conflict, "Superpower."
According to Politico, Penn has made six return trips to Ukraine, including a November sojourn erstwhile he gave his Oscar statuette to Zelenskyy. (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
"We went backmost to our edifice and closed our eyes for astir 2 hours, and each of a sudden, nan missiles and rockets were coming in," Penn remembered.
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The character remained successful Ukraine for a fewer days to proceed filming aft Russia's invasion. According to Politico, he has returned to nan state six times, including a November sojourn erstwhile he gave his Oscar statuette to Zelenskyy. His astir caller sojourn took spot past week erstwhile he screened "Superpower," which premiered connected Feb. 17, for Zelenskyy.
Penn told Politico that Zelenskyy was"clearly realistic" astir nan likelihood that Russia would invade Ukraine during his first gathering pinch nan president connected Feb. 23.
However, Penn said that Zelenskyy "could not perchance person known that he would truthful wholly emergence to nan juncture of nan actuality."
"It was instantly clear erstwhile he walked into nan room connected February 24th that we were witnessing nan newfound embodiment of an historical courageousness and leadership," Penn told nan outlet. "The resoluteness was successful his eyes; Zelenskyy wasn’t going anywhere."
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Fox News Digital's Lauryn Overhultz and Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.
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