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Ukrainian ballet star Artyom Datsishin dies three weeks after being hit by a Russian shell, sparking outrage in Moscow

A LEADING Ukrainian ballet star died three weeks after he was reportedly shot at by Russian invaders, sparking outrage in Moscow.

Artyom Datshin, who starred in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet, died at the age of 43.

Artyom Datshin died after being fired upon by Russian shells

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Artyom Datshin died after being fired upon by Russian shellsPhoto credit: East2West
The ballet star spent three weeks in the hospital fighting for his life

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The ballet star spent three weeks in the hospital fighting for his lifePhoto credit: East2West
Datshin had starred in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty

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Datshin had starred in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, and The Sleeping BeautyPhoto credit: East2West

He had been fighting for his life in the hospital for almost three weeks.

The internationally acclaimed star – an Honored Artist of Ukraine – was wounded two days after the start of the Russian invasion of the capital Kyiv.

“On February 26, he was fired upon by the Russian military,” said his girlfriend Tatyana Borovik.

“He was badly injured and died in hospital.”

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Datshin had toured in Europe and the US.

His dance style has “academic expressiveness, romantic elation and psychological depth”.

His funeral took place today in Kyiv.

The ballet star’s death was confirmed by Anatoly Solovyanenko, the director of the National Opera of Ukraine.

His death by Russian fire sparked anger from one of Moscow’s biggest ballet names, choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet.

“I’m angry,” he said, adding that Datshin’s death at the hands of Russian invaders caused “excruciating pain.”

Artyom Datsishin, principal dancer of the National Opera of Ukraine, died today in Kiev hospital from wounds he received on February 26 when he came under Russian artillery fire.

“He was a beautiful dancer who was loved by his peers.

“Excruciating pain.”

One of Datshin’s colleagues, Tatiana Borovik, wrote on Facebook: “Farewell my dear man !! I can’t express my heartbreak that’s overpowering me!

“May your memory be bright”.

The ballet star died at the age of 43

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The ballet star died at the age of 43Photo credit: East2West
He was described as " beautiful dancer who is loved by his peers"

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He has been described as “a beautiful dancer loved by his peers”.Photo credit: East2West

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Bobby Allyn

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