: Ukrainians bid their last farewells to opera singer Vasyl Slipak, laid to rest in Lviv
Society19:11 Jul. 1, 2016

Ukrainians bid their last farewells to opera singer Vasyl Slipak, laid to rest in Lviv

42-year-old soloist and volunteer in ATO posthumously awarded for Courage 

Ukrainians say good bye to Vasyl Slipak, an opera singer killed in Donbas region. Hundreds of people attended the funeral ceremony in Lviv, that is Western Ukraine.

Mournful divine service for the repose of the dead soloist was held in the garrison temple of Sts. Peter and Paul. In the end the tomb with Slipak's body was carried outside, supported by people kneeling to the ground and cheering the singer with applause. Ukrainian opera artist was buried at Lychakivske cemetery in the historical centre of Lviv.

42-year-old Vasyl Slipak died in eastern Ukraine on July 29th. He was shot and killed by a militant sniper. Prior to the conflict, Slipak had been living in France for 19 years. In 2014 he quit his European career and returned to Ukraine to fight against the Russian-backed separatist forces. Shortly after the message of his death Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko posthumously awarded Slipak with Order for Courage.

Watch also: Honouring the Hero: from Paris to Kyiv people mourn death of Vasyl Slipak

Mournful ceremonies are said to unfolded in numerous places. Paris residents, where Slipak had been living for nearly two decades, commemorate the opera singer with flowers and candles. All over Ukraine people also show their last esteem to the murdered opera singer. A good deal of Kyiv residents brought candles and flowers to the makeshift shrine organized on Maidan Nezalezhnosti square.

His closest partners and friends arrived in Lviv to say the last good bye to the talented singer and Ukrainian patriot.

Orest Slipak, brother of killed Vasyl Slipak: "I am proud to be a brother of such a person. Now all I can is hope that Ukrainians will make right conclusions and will move on, as my brother wished they should have done."

Guillaume Dussau, singer of Paris Opera: "He was a brilliant singer and a brilliant person. Vasyl Slipak could never stay aside the injustice. When he decided to go to Ukraine, I tried to persuade him to remain in France, just willing to defend him from potential threat. But he insisted Ukraine needed him more than French opera."

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