Russians kill another Kyiv ballet dancer

Russians kill another Kyiv ballet dancer


norman lebrecht

November 25, 2022

Vadym Khlupianets, an ensemble member of the Kyiv National Academic Operetta Theatre, has been killed by a sniper near Bakhmut,in the eastern Donetsk, the Ukrainian army has announced.

Vadym, 26, had joined the armed forces to defend Ukraine on February 24.

Most of the company turned out for his funeral, which departed from the theatre.


  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    He was prepared to die in a ditch for his country. There can be no greater love than this.

  • J Barcelo says:

    This is just getting so unbearably sad. Reminds me of the tragic losses to the music world 100+ years ago. So senseless. When is the free world going to wake up and take some action and put a stop to this madness? Is Europe going to have to deal with some nuclear disaster? Or is the world going to go on being concened about the football games in Qatar and how many orchestras in England may be cut? Or who plays in the Superbowl? What a world….

  • PHF says:

    Well… it is a war, if you are engaged to kill, you are also engaged to die. 21st century and we still lose time and money with this kind of conflict, unbelievable.

    • FP says:

      don’t forget in your philosophical discussion that the guy wouldn’t be “engaged” (you sound like it was a choice) if russians don’t start this war (not “kind of conflict!”). Unbelievable – yes, agree.

  • IMW says:

    So young, so talented… Russia is a terrorist state, putin and his supporters, their friends-apologists – are all killers.

  • Althea T-H says:

    Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.

  • Cheryl Figueroa says:

    The level of Work it takes to be a Ballet Dancer is one thing , but too get too his level takes constant attention too so many things, that’s what he was born too do (Not) kill in war ! All due too a crazy leader , Putin ( his war ) he should fight if he loves killing so much !!!

  • Screwputin..butalso says:

    Such tragedy that an artist would die like this. A true patriot fighting for his homeland. His artistic fire is extinguished due to the invasion of a madman. Too young, too anything! Terrible.

    May Putin be stopped, and the world unite soon to end this total disaster!