Eternal memory Ukrainian mayor shot to death while distributing bread and medicine to those in need
Yuri Prylypko was killed while giving aid to the Hostomel towns people
A Ukrainian mayor was shot to death while distributing bread and medicine to those in need.
Yuri Prylypko, the mayor of Hostomel, a small town close to Kyiv, was volunteering when Russian forces opened fire.
He was killed alongside two others, Ruslan Karpenkom and Ivan Zore.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Municipal Council of Hostomel said that he died “comforting the burnt and betraying the disbelievers.”
“He died as he lived,” they said.
“Each of us has heard these words many times and mostly understood them as another malignant ritual phrase. And in vain. Death reveals the human essence before the court of the Almighty. Clears everything bursting, inventive, insignificant, leaving the most valuable.”
“He was neither holy nor righteous,” they continued.
“He never refused to help anyone.”
“He was an Illich, loved or disliked, but everyone knew that in the hardest minute he wouldn't push away or refuse.”
The spokesperson said that he could have hidden underground but did not.
“He died for the community, died for Gostomel, died as a hero. Eternal memory and our gratitude.”
Given the ongoing war, a funeral will not take place however the council have asked locals to remember him and pray for him.
Paying tribute to him online, Ukrainians praised him for his heroic actions.
"Eternal memory to the hero of Ukraine. Sincere condolences to the family, we mourn together with you. The country is losing its defenders, but we will all remember everyone who stood for Ukraine at the cost of his life," one person wrote.
"Eternal memory and eternal peace. Such a head of the oda can only be proud of, condolences to the family. Glory to the heroes," added another.
Since the invasion began, most of the town's 16,000 residents have fled their homes.
Hostomel Airport was attacked on the first day of the Russian invasion in a bid to capture the town.
The world’s largest plane, which was held in a hangar at the airport, was destroyed by Russian forces.
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