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Zelensky begins his speech at UNGA with story about deceased opera singer Vasyl Slipak

“It is possible to be killed instead of being heard in the 21st century, - Zelensky noted
16:43, 25 September 2019

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has begun his speech at the UN General Assembly with the story about deceased Donbas fighter, opera singer Vasyl Slipak, as 112 Ukraine reported.

“I will tell you one story. The story of a human whose meaning of life was to be heard. As this person had a gorgeous voice; he was called one of the best baritone and countertenor of the world. His voice sounded in the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, London Covent Garden and Paris Grand Opera. Each of you could hear his incredible singing. But there is an item, which will not allow to do it. It looks like this,” Zelensky said showing 12.7 mm bullet.

 “12.7 mm, which not just stopped his career (of Slipak, - 112.international); they stopped his life. By the way, it costs $10. And, unfortunately, on our planet, it is the cost of human life. There are thousands of such stories. There are millions of such bullets. Welcome to 21st century – the century opportunities,” Zelensky stated.

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The president summarized his speech by the fact that a person in his story is the lead singer of Paris Opera, Ukrainian Vasyl Slipak who died in Donbas.

Zelensky is paying the official visit to the U.S. for the participation in the 74th UN General Assembly session. In New York, the Ukrainian leader delivered a speech during the common debates of the UNGA session. He will also participate in the summit on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Vasyl Slipak, the native of Lviv graduated from Lviv Conservatory, moved abroad and became the lead singer of Paris Opera. He lived in France for 19 years and had a distinguished career; however, he returned to Ukraine when the Revolution of Dignity began.

When Russia invaded Donbas, he voluntary went off to the front. Slipak was machine gunner with the nickname “Myth” as the member of “Right Sector”. He died on June 29, 2016, shot by the sniper near Luhanske, Bakhmut area of Donetsk region.

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