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Paris Opera singer Vasyl Slipak shot dead by Russian sniper in Donbas


Ukrainian opera singer Vasyl Slipak (Wassyl Slipak) was killed in the warzone in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian journalist Yury Butusov wrote on Facebook, according to Ukraine Today.

”Vasyl Slipak, a well-known opera singer, one of the world`s best baritones, lived and worked in France for 19 years, where he was a soloist of the Paris Opera House,” the journalist wrote, Ukraine Today reports.

”Since Russia started its aggressive actions against Ukraine he quit his European career and returned to Ukraine (as a volunteer soldier) to defend his homeland. He died in the ranks of the nationalist group Right Sector at the frontline in the Donetsk region,” wrote Butusov. ”His nom de guerre was Myth – a shortened version from Mephistopheles (the Faust opera). He was not a professional soldier, he was a singer…”

One of volunteers, who were fighting together with Slipak, said the opera singer was shot dead from a sniper`s full-bore rifle near the village of Luhanske at about 6:00.

”It was an attack launched from Debaltseve. First, militants launched artillery attacks on Ukrainian soldiers, then they used tanks and infantry. Slipak has only a Kalashnikov gun. The sniper also shot and injured another two soldiers,” said the military.

He said that Slipak went to the frontline ten days ago.

Last interview on frontline

Biography: Born in 1974 in Lviv, Slipak liked to sing since his childhood. At the age of 11, Slipak joined the Lviv children’s choir group Dudarik. After that, he continued his education at the Lviv Conservatory. During his education, Slipak participated in a vocal contest in the French city of Clermont, winning the contest. In 1996, Slipak received an invitation to perform at Opéra de la Bastille in Paris. In 1997 Slipak graduated from the Lysenko Music Academy in Lviv and then was invited to the Paris Opera where he became an opera singer.
Personal website: wassylslipak.com

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