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Sean Penn tells Hannity US and NATO should supply Ukraine with F-16s

Sean Penn has called on the US and NATO to supply Ukraine with F-16s during an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show.

The liberal actor and filmmaker set aside his political differences with the conservative Fox News host on Tuesday to discuss his proposal to end Vladimir Putin‘s invasion, which has killed thousands of civilians.

Asked by Hannity whether America and NATO could have helped better-prepare Ukraine for the invasion, Penn said: ‘Look, this could happen tomorrow also. They could get F-16s in there. 

‘We know that from the California National Guard that has had a 30-year exercise training with Ukrainian aviators and we were there with the Ukrainian aviators just shortly before they were pulled out because of the politics and the policies related to this impending invasion, now invasion.

Sean Penn told Sean Hannity Tuesday that the US and NATO should consider sending F-16 jets to Ukraine to help beat Vladimir Putin 

The two Seans set aside their political differences to discuss how to deal with the war in Ukraine

The two Seans set aside their political differences to discuss how to deal with the war in Ukraine 

Penn is pictured with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on February 24 - the day Russia declared war on Ukraine. He was there filming a documentary at the time, and says the show will deal with the outbreak of the conflict

Penn is pictured with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on February 24 – the day Russia declared war on Ukraine. He was there filming a documentary at the time, and says the show will deal with the outbreak of the conflict 

Biden sends more tank-killing Switchblade drones to Zelensky 

President Biden will send 10 ultra-powerful Switchblade 600 kamikaze drones to Ukraine as part of a newly-unveiled $300 million military assistance package. 

The 50lb drones can fly 24 miles, ‘loiter’ above a target for 40 minutes before flying into them at 115mph and exploding using special armor-piercing warheads that can destroy a tank.  

They’re controlled by a tablet style device which can be pre-programmed or operated manually, Bloomberg reported. 

News of the donation to Ukraine was announced by the Pentagon Friday, with the Switchblades set to be sourced directly from California-based manufacturer AeroVironment Inc, rather than taken from the US military’s own stockpile. 

The Switchblade 600s are separate from a $800 million package announced by the White House on March 16. 

That included 100 of the less powerful Switchblade 300 series. They weigh just 5.5 pounds each, can fly about six miles and loiter over a target for up to 15 minutes before attacking at a speed of 100mph. 

 

‘So I think we really have to rethink this. At this point, these are truly humanitarian mechanisms.’

The double-Academy Award winner has previously tweeted a plea for a billionaire to spent $300 million on buying two squadrons of F-15s or 16s to provide Ukraine with 12 aircraft.

He also suggested a benefactor could spend $200 million in air defenses, and claims that $500 million outlay would be enough to see Russian forces off.  

Penn was making a documentary with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zekensky when Russian invaded Ukraine in February, and continued to film there as the conflict began.

He also said the US and its allies could have done more to pre-emptively prepare Ukraine for the invasion.

Penn said: ‘Universally the experts on Putin felt this was going to happen.

‘What didn’t happen therefore were the preemptive sanctions on enough of a level before he was so deep in that the humiliation wasn’t going to let it stop. 

‘You wouldn’t have the simplicity of negotiations for regions to the east of Mariupol to make the bridge from Crimea. Now it’s this full-on assault and here we are.’

NATO forces spent considerable time training Ukrainian forces following the 2008 annexation of Crimea by Russia, and the US has since supplied $1.1 billion in military assistance. 

Biden and the west have also hit Russia with punitive economic sanctions, but they’ve refused Zelensky’s pleas to enact a no-fly zone, over fears that enforcing it would trigger an all-out war with Russia.

The two Seans also clashed over reports Biden had vetoed a plan by Poland to give Ukraine access to MiG fighter jets, with Penn saying he suspected the plot had been scuppered after it was leaked, over fears of further riling the Kremlin. 

During Tuesday’s chat with Hannity, Penn insisted Ukraine would win the war against Russia, then added solemnly: ‘The question is at what cost.’

Asked if he thought Putin should be killed, Penn said: ‘I don’t want to invest in the conversation, not that I don’t have it privately about my feelings about what direct action should happen to a leader that does that. 

‘But if there is a god, there will be vengeance beyond all possible comprehension.’

Penn says he traveled to Ukraine to film his documentary with Zelensky to help shed light on the country, which he claims was misunderstood by Americans prior to the war.

He has also deployed his humanitarian organization CORE to help refugees impacted by the war.

The organization, whose full name is Community Organized Relief Effort, was first set up in 2010 to deal with the devastating Haitian earthquake that killed up to 316,000 people. 

Penn previously called on a billionaire to donate a squadron of F-15 or F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine to beat the Russian invasion

Penn previously called on a billionaire to donate a squadron of F-15 or F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine to beat the Russian invasion 

Penn repeated a call for the US and NATO countries to supply Ukraine with F-16s, such as the jet pictured above, having previously called on a billionaire to do the same

Penn repeated a call for the US and NATO countries to supply Ukraine with F-16s, such as the jet pictured above, having previously called on a billionaire to do the same 

President Zelensky is pictured surveying devastation in the town of Bucha on Monday, where more than 400 civilians are feared to have been murdered by Russian invaders. Many of the victims were shot while their hands were tied behind their backs

President Zelensky is pictured surveying devastation in the town of Bucha on Monday, where more than 400 civilians are feared to have been murdered by Russian invaders. Many of the victims were shot while their hands were tied behind their backs 

Zelensky was previously best-known in the US after he was phoned by former President Donald Trump in summer 2019 and asked to probe Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s links to a Ukrainian energy firm.

Trump later put a hold on $400 million of military aid earmarked for Ukraine by Congress, although the cash was later released.

The incident formed the basis of Trump’s first impeachment in January 2020, which saw him acquitted.

Trump was acquitted at his historic second impeachment in January 2021 over claims he’d stoked the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.  

Russian army commander who ‘organized mass rape and murder’ in Bucha is unmasked as God-fearing Lieutenant Colonel recently blessed by Orthodox church – hours after Zelensky shocked the UN with horrifying images and demanded Nuremberg-style trials

A Russian commander dubbed the ‘Butcher of Bucha’ after being accused of committing war crimes in Putin’s war on Ukraine has been revealed as a veteran soldier blessed by the Orthodox Church late last year who claimed: ‘History shows that we fight most of our battles with our souls’.

Lieutenant Colonel Azatbek Omurbekov is commander of the 64th Separate Motorised Rifle Brigade involved in the occupation of Bucha, a town on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv which was occupied by Kremlin forces until their retreat last week. 

Grisly images of what are claimed to be civilian massacres allegedly carried out by Russian forces in Bucha before they withdrew have stirred a global outcry in recent days, and prompted Western nations to expel dozens of Moscow’s diplomats and propose further sanctions, including a ban on coal imports from Russia.

ABC News’ Foreign Correspondent James Longman interviewed a local man called Mykola, who described Russian soldiers ‘killing all the men below 50’ and ‘giving him 20 minutes to bury his friends’. In a thread on Twitter, he added: ‘Russians asked for documentation when they got there. Anything in your papers that made them think you were a threat, and you were dead. He [Mykola] said they made the men strip off, looking for tattoos. Perhaps military tattoos. […] This whole town is a crime scene.’ 

The Kremlin has predictably denied the allegations, and claimed the images of civilians were ‘a crude forgery’ staged by the Ukrainians themselves.

Omurbekov, who is thought to be about 40 and was given a medal for outstanding service in 2014 by Dmitry Bulgakov, the deputy Russian Defence Minister, now stands accused of organizing the alleged rape, pillage and murder of hundreds of Ukrainian civilians.

According to InformNapalm, a Ukrainian volunteer initiative initiative that monitors the activities of the Russian military and special services, Omurbekov was blessed by an Orthodox priest in November last year before his deployment to Ukraine.

Lieutenant Colonel Azatbek Omurbekov was blessed by an Orthodox priest in November last year before his deployment to Ukraine. Speaking after the service led by the Bishop of Khabarovsk, the commander said: ‘History shows that we fight most of our battles with our souls. Weapons are not the most important thing’

Lieutenant Colonel Azatbek Omurbekov was blessed by an Orthodox priest in November last year before his deployment to Ukraine. Speaking after the service led by the Bishop of Khabarovsk, the commander said: ‘History shows that we fight most of our battles with our souls. Weapons are not the most important thing’

Speaking after the service led by the Bishop of Khabarovsk, the commander, whose unit is based in a town outside Khabarovsk in the Russian Far East, said: ‘History shows that we fight most of our battles with our souls. Weapons are not the most important thing.’

Under international law, a military commander is responsible for any war crimes committed by his troops.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) rules on disputes between states, but cannot prosecute individuals. If the ICJ ruled against Russia, the UN Security Council would be responsible for enforcing that. But Moscow could veto any proposal to sanction it as one of the council’s five permanent members.

If investigators at the International Criminal Court (ICC) find evidence of atrocities carried out by Omurbekov’s men, the prosecutor will ask ICC judges to issue arrest warrants to bring individuals to trial in The Hague. However, the court does not have its own police so relies on states to arrest suspects. And because Russia is not a member of the court, Putin will not extradite any suspects. Individuals suspected of war crimes who travel to another country could be arrested. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shocked the UN into silence after accusing Russia of committing ‘genocide’ in Ukraine, comparing Moscow’s military to the Islamic State terror group and demanding that Putin be brought to justice for his alleged atrocities in a video address to the Security Council. 

Omurbekov is commander of the 64th Separate Motorised Rifle Brigade involved in the occupation of Bucha, a town on the outskirts of Ukrainian capital Kyiv

Omurbekov is commander of the 64th Separate Motorised Rifle Brigade involved in the occupation of Bucha, a town on the outskirts of Ukrainian capital Kyiv

Omurbekov is commander of the 64th Separate Motorised Rifle Brigade involved in the occupation of Bucha, a town on the outskirts of Ukrainian capital Kyiv

Sharing harrowing pictures of charred bodies, civillians shot dead and mass graves taken in Bucha, Irpin and Mariupol, Zelensky said that civilians had been shot in the back of the head after being tortured, blown up with grenades in their apartments and crushed to death by tanks while in cars.

‘They cut off limbs, cut their throats. Women were raped and killed in front of their children. Their tongues were pulled out only because their aggressor did not hear what they wanted to hear from them,’ he said.

‘Anyone who has given criminal orders and carried them out by killing our people will be brought before the tribunal which should be similar to the Nuremberg tribunals.’ 

Making his first appearance before the UN’s highest body, Zelensky said the Russian troops are no different from other terrorists. He showed the council brief video footage of bloody corpses that ended with the words ‘Stop Russian Aggression’.

He stressed that Bucha was only one place and there are more with similar horrors, and called for a tribunal similar to the one set up at Nuremberg to try war criminals after the Second World War.

Omurbekov, who was given a medal for outstanding service in 2014 by Dmitry Bulgakov, the deputy Russian defence minister, now stands accused of organising the alleged rape, pillage and murder of hundreds of Ukrainian civilians

Omurbekov, who was given a medal for outstanding service in 2014 by Dmitry Bulgakov, the deputy Russian defence minister, now stands accused of organising the alleged rape, pillage and murder of hundreds of Ukrainian civilians

Field engineers of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine stand next to destroyed armoured vehicles on a street in the town of Bucha, on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, April 5, 2022

Field engineers of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine stand next to destroyed armoured vehicles on a street in the town of Bucha, on the outskirts of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, April 5, 2022

Volodymyr Zelensky said atrocities have been carried out in Ukraine, with women raped and killed in front of their families

Volodymyr Zelensky said atrocities have been carried out in Ukraine, with women raped and killed in front of their families

Russia's envoy Vassily Nebenzia (pictured) predictably dismissed the claims as 'lies' as he repeated unfounded Kremlin claims about Nazis running Ukraine

Russia’s envoy Vassily Nebenzia (pictured) predictably dismissed the claims as ‘lies’ as he repeated unfounded Kremlin claims about Nazis running Ukraine

A mass grave was discovered in the grounds of the Church of St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints in Bucha, containing the bodies of dozens of civilians

A mass grave was discovered in the grounds of the Church of St. Andrew and Pyervozvannoho All Saints in Bucha, containing the bodies of dozens of civilians

A satellite image taken of a street in the city of Bucha on March 19 - when Russian forces were in full control of the city - shows dark objects in the road that exactly match where civilian corpses were later discovered by Ukrainian troops

A satellite image taken of a street in the city of Bucha on March 19 – when Russian forces were in full control of the city – shows dark objects in the road that exactly match where civilian corpses were later discovered by Ukrainian troops

Soldiers and investigators look at charred bodies lying on the ground in Bucha where Russia has been accused of war crimes

Soldiers and investigators look at charred bodies lying on the ground in Bucha where Russia has been accused of war crimes

Serhii Lahovskyi, 26, and other residents carry the body of Ihor Lytvynenko to bury him in Bucha, April 5, 2022

Serhii Lahovskyi, 26, and other residents carry the body of Ihor Lytvynenko to bury him in Bucha, April 5, 2022

Serhii Lahovskyi, 26, hugs Ludmyla Verginska, 51, as they mourn their common friend Ihor Lytvynenko, following his burial at the garden of a residential building in Bucha, April 5, 2022

Serhii Lahovskyi, 26, hugs Ludmyla Verginska, 51, as they mourn their common friend Ihor Lytvynenko, following his burial at the garden of a residential building in Bucha, April 5, 2022

People light candles as they hold a vigil for those killed in Bucha and the surrounding areas on April 5, 2022 in Lviv

People light candles as they hold a vigil for those killed in Bucha and the surrounding areas on April 5, 2022 in Lviv

The scenes of battered and burned bodies and evidence that some of the dead were bound and shot in the head have led western nations to expel dozens more of Moscow’s diplomats and propose further sanctions, including a ban on coal imports from Russia.

The head of NATO warned that Russia is regrouping its forces to deploy them to eastern and southern Ukraine for a ‘crucial phase of the war’, and said more horrors may come to light as Russian troops continue to pull back in the north.

‘When and if they withdraw their troops and Ukrainian troops take over, I’m afraid they will see more mass graves, more atrocities and more examples of war crimes,’ Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

Ukrainian officials claim the bodies of at least 410 civilians have been found in towns around Kyiv that were recaptured from Russian forces and a ‘torture chamber’ was discovered in Bucha.

Zelensky told the Security Council there was ‘not a single crime’ that Russian troops had not committed in Bucha.

‘The Russian military searched for and purposefully killed anyone who served our country. They shot and killed women outside their houses when they just tried to call someone who is alive. They killed entire families, adults and children, and they tried to burn the bodies,’ he said.  

Police and other investigators walked the silent streets of Bucha on Tuesday, taking notes on bodies. 

Associated Press journalists in the town counted dozens of corpses in civilian clothes. Many appeared to have been shot at close range, and some had their hands bound or their flesh burned. A mass grave in a churchyard held bodies wrapped in plastic. 

The Kremlin denounced the images as fake and suggested the scenes were staged by the Ukrainians, but high-resolution satellite imagery from Maxar Technologies showed that many of the bodies had been lying in the open for weeks, during the time Russian forces were in the town.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed the images from Bucha revealed ‘a deliberate campaign to kill, to torture, to rape, to commit atrocities’. He said the reports were ‘more than credible’ and the US and other countries will seek to hold the culprits accountable.

As western leaders condemned the killings in Bucha, Italy, Spain and Denmark expelled dozens of Russian diplomats, following moves by Germany and France. Hundreds of Russian diplomats have been sent home since the start of the invasion, many accused of being spies.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the expulsions a ‘short-sighted’ measure that would complicate communication and warned they would be met with ‘reciprocal steps’.

In another show of support, the European Union’s executive branch proposed a ban on coal imports from Russia, in what would be the first sanctions from the bloc targeting the country’s lucrative energy industry over the war. The coal imports amount to an estimated 4 billion euros (£3.3billion) per year. 

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said the EU needed to increase the pressure on Putin after what she described as ‘heinous crimes’ carried out around Kyiv, with evidence that Russian troops may have deliberately killed Ukrainian civilians.

She did not mention natural gas, with consensus among the 27 EU member countries on targeting the fuel used to generate electricity and heat homes more difficult to secure. 



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