The well-known American Washington Post newspaper devoted its article to the soloist of Paris Opera, the world famous singer, Ukrainian Vasyl Slipak who was a volunteer soldier in ATO area and was killed near Luganske settlement by a sniper shot.
"Amid the thud of artillery and rattle of gunfire, Vasyl Slipak’s deep, resonant voice in the trenches of eastern Ukraine was a warm reminder of humanity’s less barbaric traits." - the newspaper said.
The author says that "The professional baritone had left his native Ukraine in the 1990s to settle in France, where he regularly sang at the Paris Opera. But after war erupted in 2014, he decided to return home and join a volunteer battalion to fight Russian-backed separatists on the country’s eastern front."
"Here, Slipak adopted Ukraine’s traditional, Mohawk-style haircut as well as the nom de guerre "Meph" — a nod to Mephistopheles’s aria from "Faust," the opera based on Goethe’s great play. He would occasionally serenade his fellow fighters, too." - the article said.
"But at about 6 a.m. Wednesday, his voice was permanently silenced. As a deadly surge in violence left Ukraine’s fragile cease-fire in tatters, the 41-year-old opera singer was killed by a sniper and became yet another victim of this grinding war of attrition on Europe’s far-eastern fringes.", - informs the author.