Russian actor Anatoly Pashinin volunteered to Ukrainian Army and now serves in the Donbas conflict area. This was reported by military journalist of TSN TV channel Andriy Tsaplienko on his Facebook page.
“I didn’t think I would celebrate the Independence Day with the person from enemy trenches. But “senior lieutenant Doronin” is fighting for us. The star of Russian cinema and a hero of the famous series Thunderstorm Gates and a fighter of the 8th Battalion of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army, Anatoly Pashinin celebrates the Independence Day with his brothers in arms on the frontline, where the bullets, blood and heroism are true. And the holiday of Independence has a real, unique taste,” Tsaplienko wrote.
Pashinin was born in Sverlovodsk, Kirovohrad region, Ukraine and spent his childhood in Zaporizhia, where he graduated from school and the State Engineering Academy (the faculties of non-ferrous metals and business economics). After that he went to Moscow and entered the Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre School. His actor career started in 2001. Ukrainian audience knows him for his roles in TV series Stolen Happiness and Thunderstorm Gates.
After the occupation of the Crimea, Pashinin in March 2014, recorded a video message to the Russians, in which he tried to explain what happened in Kyiv and convince them of the need to fight for their own freedom.
For the last three years, the actor lived with his parents in Zaporizhia, Ukraine.
As it was reported earlier another Russian actor Safonov was banned entry to Ukraine. Safonov explained he was at the shooting in Crimea, but it was, according to him, before the occupation.