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Ukraine War: Hollywood Actors, Sean Penn, Ben Stiller among 25 US Nationals permanently Banned from entering Russia

Russia slapped Hollywood stars Ben Stiller and Sean Penn with sanctions on Monday in response to their public criticism of Moscow’s war on Ukraine.

Putin’s foreign ministry included the actors on a new list of 25 US citizens banned from the country.

Those affected are mainly politicians, trade officials, and industry executives. The sanctions bar them from entering Russia.

Stiller and Penn have been vocal supporters of Ukraine in the conflict and have met Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky in high-profile shows of support.

In a televised meeting in Kyiv in June, Stiller, star of Zoolander, Meet the Parents and Dodgeball, told Zelensky: ‘It’s a great honor for me. It’s really wonderful. You’re my hero.’

Two-time Oscar winner Penn was in Ukraine recording a documentary when Russia invaded on February 24.

He was forced to flee on foot, joining the millions of Ukrainians crossing into Poland in the first days of the war.

He has been a vocal backer of Zelensky ever since and ever returned to Ukraine in June to meet the war-torn country’s leader.

Penn was supposed to meet Zelensky ahead of the war breaking out. He noted how he didn’t have time to see if Zelensky could be a good friend and so ‘decided he’s a great friend that I love,’ noting ‘I don’t know if I’ll see him again’.

‘Part of what makes him so particularly extraordinary is that courage, he’s the face of so many Ukrainians. I mean this is the leadership we aspire to, this is freedom of thought and true leadership that mostly is just so moving,’ Penn said at the time.

‘Ukraine with all its diversity has a unity we’ve never seen in modern times with the challenge it has.’

Penn also visited Bucha and Irpin near Kyiv, the sites of alleged atrocities against civilians by Russian forces, and Zelensky has publicly thanked Penn for his support.

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