War in Ukraine: Mourning in Kyiv for dancer killed fighting on frontline – See images

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A distinguished Ukrainian ballet dancer, who this week lost his life fighting on the front lines against Russian forces that have invaded his country, was honored today at a ceremony at the National Opera of Ukraine.

The National Opera described Oleksandr Shapoval, who was killed by a Russian mortar explosion in eastern Ukraine on September 12, as a “courageous romantic” and brave fighter.

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People applaud during a funeral ceremony for Oleksandr Shapoval, a ballet dancer soloist of the National Opera who was killed as a volunteer soldier in a battle in the Donetsk region, at the National Opera in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

He later went to fight in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, the scene of some of the heaviest fighting during the war.

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Source: News Beast

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