Artyom Datsishin

Ukrainian ballet dancer Artyom Datsishin is believed to have died after being injured during the Russian invasion.

Datsishin, who performed lead roles in ‘Swan Lake’, ‘Nutcracker’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’, died on Thursday after being injured in a Russian bombardment a few weeks earlier. He was 43 years old.

He reportedly fought for his life for three weeks in a hospital before passing away.

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Artyom’s friend Tatyana Borovik said he was injured in the capital, Kyiv, just two days after the Russian invasion began. His friend wrote on Facebook: “On February 26 he was shot by the Russian army”, friend. He “was seriously injured,” Borovik continued, adding that he “died in hospital.”

“I cannot express my heartache which overwhelms me,” she wrote. “Let your memory be bright. »

Datsishin was a principal dancer at the National Opera of Ukraine.

Alexei Ratmansky, Russian choreographer and former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, paid tribute to the ballet dancer. “I am furious,” he said, adding that Datsishin’s death at the hands of Russian invaders had caused “unbearable pain.”

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 Artyom Datsishin, principal dancer of the National Opera of Ukraine, died today in hospital in kyiv from injuries sustained on February 26 when he came under fire from Russian artillery. He was a handsome dancer loved by his colleagues. Unbearable pain,” he wrote.

A few days ago, Ukraine said goodbye to actress Oksana Shvets, killed in a Russian rocket attack on a residential building in the capital.

On February 24, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine, responding to calls for help from the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk to counter the aggression of Ukrainian troops. The Russian Defense Ministry said the special operation only targeted Ukrainian military infrastructure.

According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, nearly 600 civilians have been killed and more than 1,000 injured in Ukraine since the start of the conflict.