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A leading Ukrainian ballet star has died after being shelled by Russian invaders, provoking outrage from one of the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre’s biggest names.

Artyom Datsishin, 43, had been in hospital fighting for life for almost three weeks.

The internationally-acclaimed star – an Honoured Artist of Ukraine – had been wounded in capital Kyiv two days after the Russian invasion began.

Artyom Datsishin, 43, had been in hospital fighting for life for almost three weeks before passing away from wounds suffered in a shelling attack

Artyom Datsishin, 43, had been in hospital fighting for life for almost three weeks before passing away from wounds suffered in a shelling attack

Artyom Datsishin, 43, had been in hospital fighting for life for almost three weeks before passing away from wounds suffered in a shelling attack

‘On February 26, he was fired upon by the Russian military,’ said friend Tatyana Borovik.

‘He was seriously wounded and died in the hospital.’

Datsishin had performed the main roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Romeo and Juliet.

He had toured in Europe and the USA.

Datsishin was a renowned dancer who had performed in major shows across Europe and the United States

Datsishin was a renowned dancer who had performed in major shows across Europe and the United States

Datsishin was a renowned dancer who had performed in major shows across Europe and the United States

His dance style had ‘academic expressiveness, romantic elation and psychological depth’.

His funeral was being held in Kyiv today (FRI).

His death from Russian fire provoked anger from one of Moscow’s biggest ballet names, choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet.

‘I am furious,’ he said, adding that Datsishin’s death at the hands of Russian invaders provoked ‘unbearable pain’.

His dance style had 'academic expressiveness, romantic elation and psychological depth'

His dance style had 'academic expressiveness, romantic elation and psychological depth'

His dance style had ‘academic expressiveness, romantic elation and psychological depth’

‘Artyom Datsishin, a principal dancer with the National Opera House of Ukraine, died today in the Kyiv hospital from wounds received on February 26 when he got under Russian artillery fire.

‘He was a beautiful dancer loved by his colleagues.

‘Unbearable pain.’

Hundreds of Ukrainian civilians, including over 100 children, have already been killed since Russian forces invaded their neighbour.

In response to Russia’s actions, American President Joe Biden has labelled Vladimir Putin a ‘war criminal’.

Source: Daily Mail

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