Top Ukrainain actress blown up by Russian rocket attack as she slept in her Kyiv apartment
Highly honored Ukrainian stage and screen actress Oksana Shvets was killed in a Russian rocket attack on a residential building in Kyiv. Her troupe, the Young Theater, announced her death on Facebook on March 17. “Irreparable grief in the family of Young Theater,” the group wrote, per Variety’s translation of the Ukrainian post. “Bright memory to the talented actress. There is no forgiveness for the enemy that has come to our land.” The Kyiv Post also confirmed the news of Shvets’s death on Twitter. She was 67.
Next Thursday will mark a month since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine. Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, has seen rising numbers of civilian deaths as Russia increases its shelling on large cities. Last week, journalists Pierre Zakrezewski and Oleksandra Kuvshynova were killed by incoming fire while reporting near Kyiv
In a statement, translated from Ukrainian, the theatre company wrote on social media: ‘Bright memory to the talented actress! There is no forgiveness for the enemy that has come to our land!’.
The Kyiv Post has also confirmed the actor’s passing, adding on social media that she had been ‘murdered in Kyiv during the war’.
According to the theatre’s website, Shvets had graduated from Ivan Franko theatre school in 1975 and had a career that spanned decades. She had also been the recipient of the Merited Artist of Ukraine award, one of Ukraine’s highest and most coveted honours.