12:04 Jul. 3, 2016
Ukrainian volunteers allegedly found out the name of the militant sniper suspected in killing Vasyl Slipak
A militant sniper - nom de guerre Moryachok (Mariner) - claimed responsibility for killing Ukrainian famous opera singer and Right Sector volunteer soldier Vasyl Slipak in the Donbas conflict zone. The sniper comes from the Donetsk region and used to serve in Ukraine's Naval Forces.
Ukrainian volunteers reportedly found out his name following his interview with the Russian news outlet Life, Ukrainian journalist and volunteer Tim Zlatkin writes on Facebook. In this interview the militant sniper confessed to shooting Slipak dead.
"Many thanks to guys who analysed the video confession of the sniper who killed our Vasyl. The criminal who had killed soldier and Ukrainian opera singer Vasyl Slipak was identified. His name is Denys Yefremenko", Zlatkin writes.
Once the volunteer published this message, Facebook deleted his post over users' complains, however Zlatkin kept a screenshot.
Volunteers found out that 30-year-old Denys Yefremenko was born in the village of Mospino, the Donetsk region. In 2004-2006 he served in the Ukrainian Navy in Feodosiya, Crimea.
Vasyl Slipak died in eastern Ukraine on July 29 near the village of Luhanske, the Donbas region. Prior to the conflict, Slipak had been living in France for 19 years where he was a soloist of the Paris Opera House.
In 2014 he quit his European career and returned to Ukraine to fight against the Russian-backed separatist forces. Vasyl Slipak was posthumously awarded the Order of Courage.