Hollywood star Sean Penn walks to Poland after abandoning his car in war-torn Ukraine

The double-Oscar-winning actor published a photo of himself pulling a suitcase alongside a long line of cars. Sean Penn/Twitter

Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker Sean Penn reached the Polish border with Ukraine on foot last night after abandoning his car in a huge tailback made up of refugees fleeing the war zone.

At 22.00 he posted on Twitter from his iPhone: "Myself & two colleagues walked miles to the Polish border after abandoning our car on the side of the road."

The Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker had travelled to Ukraine on the first day of the Russian invasion to meet Ukrainian officials as part of a film he is making to tell Western audiences about the war.Ukrainian Joint Forces Operation Press Service

Penn had travelled to Ukraine on the first day of the Russian invasion to meet Ukrainian officials as part of a film he is making to tell Western audiences about the war.

The double-Oscar-winning actor published a photo of himself pulling a suitcase alongside a long line of cars.

Posting on Twitter, Penn said: ”Almost all the cars in this photo carry women & children only, most without any sign of luggage, and a car their only possession of value.”Sean Penn/Twitter

"Almost all the cars in this photo carry women & children only, most without any sign of luggage, and a car their only possession of value," he wrote.

At present, it is not known to which border crossing Penn and his colleagues arrived at.

Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

On February 25, he attended a press conference with Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk and Advisor to the Head of the Presidential Chancellery Mikhail Podolak wearing sunglasses and a beige bomber jacket.Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

On February 25, he attended a press conference with Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk and Advisor to the Head of the Presidential Chancellery Mikhail Podolak wearing sunglasses and a beige bomber jacket.

The presidential press spokesman expressed gratitude for Penn’s presence in Ukraine.

Penn said: “If we allow it [Ukraine] to fight alone, our soul as America is lost. President Zelensky and the Ukrainian people have risen as historic symbols of courage and principle.”Ukrainian Joint Forces Press Service 

He said at the time: "Sean Penn demonstrates the courage that many others, including Western politicians, lack. The more there are such people in our country now, true friends of Ukraine, who support the struggle for freedom, the sooner it will be possible to stop Russia's treacherous attack."

After the press conference, Penn released his own statement about the war saying: “If we allow it [Ukraine] to fight alone, our soul as America is lost.

Penn has long been known for his humanitarian work. In 2005, he was involved in helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and in 2010 he responded to the earthquakes that struck Haiti.Sebastien Nogier/PAP/EPA

“President Zelensky and the Ukrainian people have risen as historic symbols of courage and principle.”

He added: “Ukraine is the tip of the spear for the democratic embrace of dreams.”

Penn has been filming a documentary about the escalating tension in Ukraine since last year.

Penn has been filming a documentary about the escalating tension in Ukraine since last year.EuroSport/YouTube screen grab

In November, he met with soldiers in the Azov region, where he was surprised by the high percentage of women in the Ukrainian army and that they took part in combat missions and commanded combat units directly on the line of contact with the enemy.

Penn has long been known for his humanitarian work. In 2005, he was involved in helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and in 2010 he responded to the earthquakes that struck Haiti.

In his long career he has made more than 50 films, earning two Oscars, the first for Mystic River in 2003 and then for playing gay activist Harvey Milk in Milk in 2008.