A UKRAINIAN ballerina was killed on a combat mission after signing up to fight against the Russian invasion.
Rosyslav Yanchyshen, 31, died in a mortar attack.
The country’s culture ministry called his death an “unspeakable loss”.
Odesa Opera soloist signed up to volunteer with of Ukraine defend the territory in the early days of the war.
“The artist’s ballet shoes have been replaced by military boots, and the music by mortars,” said Odesa Opera.
He had dance with the company for ten years.
Its boss, Harry Sevoyan, added: “He’s a smart, talented, decent and intelligent man.”
One of his most prominent roles was as a soldier who died in battle. ballet Trymai.
“As fate would have it, this role turned out to be prophetic,” Mr. Sevoyan said.
“From the very beginning of the full-scale invasion, he wanted to defend his country from the aggressor, but the dancer was not accepted into the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” the culture ministry said. Ukraineso he volunteered to defend the territory.
“In the front, he serves as a machine gunner.
“Rostyslav died of a mortar attack, a month before his 32nd birthday. This is an unspeakable loss.”
His Theatre Director Yevhen Lavrenchuk said: “Terrible news. The war killed Rostyslav Yanchyshen, a soloist of the Odesa Opera Ballet.
“Eternal smile, radiant eyes – this is how your colleagues will remember you…”