One in every of Ukraine’s high ballet artists has been killed on the battlefield after becoming a member of the nation’s navy to combat in opposition to the Russian invasion.

The National Opera of Ukraine introduced with “indescribable disappointment” the loss of life of Oleksandr Shapoval, a longtime principal dancer for the corporate who went on to show dance on the Kyiv State Choreographic Faculty.

Shapoval might be remembered as an “unforgettable artist,” a “courageous warrior” and “stunning, honest individual,” the corporate stated, in keeping with a translation. He was an Honored Artist of Ukraine, an official title awarded for prime achievement within the performing arts.

He died Monday underneath enemy mortar shelling, the assertion stated. He was 48. In keeping with the Kyiv Independent, he was killed close to Maiorske in Donetsk Oblast, a area of japanese Ukraine.

Oleksandr Shapoval
Oleksandr Shapoval

Oleksandra Zlunitsyna through Nationwide Opera of Ukraine

Shapoval volunteered to serve in Ukraine’s territorial protection within the early days after Russia’s invasion, in keeping with the Nationwide Opera. He volunteered to serve on the frontlines as a non-public, and realized how you can launch grenades. His unit was then transferred to one of many “hottest zones,” the place he died, the assertion stated.

“He might be remembered each by those that had the nice fortune to work with him on stage, by these he taught and to these whom he imparted the incomprehensible secrets and techniques of making a ballet picture, and by the grateful viewers,” the opera firm stated, per a translation.

One other star of the Nationwide Opera of Ukraine, Artem Datsyshyn, was killed by Russian shelling in March. Oksana Shvets, an acclaimed actor and recipient of one of many nation’s highest honors for the performing arts, was also killed by shelling throughout the identical week.

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