'Never forgive' Ukrainian actor remembered as a 'beautiful soul' following death in Russian attack
'The artist joined the ranks of the Territorial Defense Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in order to protect the country from Russian occupiers'
Ukrainian actor Pasha Lee has ben remembered as “another beautiful soul murdered by lawless Russian invaders” after he was killed in the shelling of the city of Irpin, just northwest of Kyiv.
The 33-year-old was well known in the country for his work as a film and dubbing actor, singer and composer. He also played in the theatre and starred in films and commercials.
His death was confirmed by the President of Ukraine’s National Union of Journalists, Sergiy Tomilenko, in a statement posted on Facebook.
Paying tribute to the actor, Odesa International Film Festival wrote: "On March 6, as a result of shelling by Russian occupiers in the Ukrainian city of Irpin, the famous Ukrainian actor Pasha Li was killed. He was 33 years old.
"The artist joined the ranks of the Territorial Defence Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in order to protect the country from Russian occupiers.”
Lee shared images of himself in a military uniform on Instagram before his death.
“For the last 48 hours there is an opportunity to sit down and take a picture of how we are being bombed, and we are smiling because we will manage and everything will be UKRAINE WE ARE WORKING!!!” he had written.
Julia Ostrovsk, head of the UATV/DOM Platform, for whom Lee presented a show, described him as the "most joyful and sunny" of their TV presenters.
A former co-star Anastasiya Kasilova, who appeared with him in the 2021 TV drama 'Provincial' - one of his final projects - also paid tribute to the actor on Facebook.
"He is an actor, TV presenter, my colleague and a good acquaintance," she wrote.
He came to fame in his home country with 2016's action-comedy Selfie Party as well as 2017's sports action film The Fight Rules and Meeting Of Classmates in 2019.
Lee was most famous as a host on the popular entertainment program 'Day At Home' and dubbed films into Ukrainian, including The Lion King and The Hobbit.
Wiring on Twitter, one Ukrainian fan wrote: “RIP, another beautiful soul murdered by lawless Russian invaders. We will never forgive them. And will never forget.”
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