Ukrainian ballet dancer Artyom Datsishin died, according to multiple reports, weeks after being injured in the Russian bombardment in the capital Kyiv. Datsishin – principal dancer of the National Opera of Ukraine – died on Thursday. He was 43 years old. He was reportedly seriously injured in a bombardment on February 26. . The human cost of the war in Ukraine which began on February 24 when Russia launched a surprise attack despite global pressure has been enormous.
A Ukrainian actress, Oksana Shvets, was also killed on Friday when a Russian rocket attacked a residential building in the capital Kyiv. Confirming his death, his troupe, the Young Theater, issued a statement which read: “During the rocket bombardment of a residential building in Kyiv, a well-deserved artist from Ukraine, Oksana Shvets, was killed.”
The war-torn country also lost its two footballers on March 3, global footballers’ union FIFPRO has confirmed. Vitalii Sapylo, 21, and Dmytro Martynenko, 25, died in the conflict days after the military invasion by Russian forces, according to a report.
222 people have been killed in the capital alone since the start of the war, according to rough estimates, including 60 civilians and four children. The UN human rights office has so far reported 816 confirmed civilian deaths in the war-torn country.
Ukraine’s food supply chains are collapsing and the conflict is driving “collateral hunger” around the world, the UN food aid agency has warned. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said rescue operations were continuing to save hundreds of people believed to be still trapped under the rubble of a bombed-out theater in the besieged city of Mariupol.
The UN refugee agency says 6.5 million people have fled since the Russian invasion began on February 24, with a further 2 million internally displaced.