Oksana Shvets, Celebrated Ukrainian Actor Killed in Russian Rocket Strike

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Oksana Shvets has also been in a number of Ukrainian films, including Tomorrow Will Be Tomorrow, The Secret of St. Patrick, and The Return of Mukhtar.

Oksana Shvets, Celebrated Ukrainian Actor Killed in Russian Rocket Strike
Oksana Shvets, Celebrated Ukrainian Actor Killed in Russian Rocket Strike

Oksana Shvets, a well-known Ukrainian stage and film actress, was killed in a Russian rocket strike on a Kyiv apartment building. On March 17, her troupe, the Young Theater, confirmed her death on Facebook.

According to Variety, the organisation said, “Irreparable pain in the family of Young Theater. Bright memory to the talented actress. There is no forgiveness for the enemy that has come to our land.” Shvets’ death was also reported by the Kyiv Post on Twitter. She was 67.

read more: American Journalist Killed by Russian Forces in Ukraine

Shvets studied theatre at the Ivan Franko Theater and the Kiev State Institute of Theater Arts. In addition to the Young Theater, she worked with the Ternopil Music and Drama Theater and the Kiev Theater of Satire. Her decades long career won her one of Ukraine’s most coveted performing arts honours, the Merited Artist of Ukraine award, given by the country’s government.

Shvets has also been in a number of Ukrainian films, including Tomorrow Will Be Tomorrow, The Secret of St. Patrick, and The Return of Mukhtar, as well as the television series House With Lilies.

On February 24, it will be a month since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine. As Russia intensifies its bombing of big cities, civilian casualties in Kyiv have been rising drastically.  While reporting in Kyiv last week, journalists Pierre Zakrezewski and Oleksandra Kuvshynova were also killed by incoming fire.

Since the conflict began in Ukraine, about 600 civilians have been killed and over 1,000 have been injured, as per the office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.


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