Pasha Lee was best known as the Ukrainian actor. Pasha was killed in action on March 6 from a Russian shelling in Irpin. Lee, who served in Ukraine’s territorial defense unit, worked as an actor, TV host, and composer.
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A Ukrainian actor and local mayor died fighting for their country as Russian forces’ brutal attacks continued on day twelve of the invasion.
Lee, 33, known for his acting, presenting, and voice dubbing work, was killed in Irpin, Ukraine, as the city was occupied.
Yuriy Prilipko, 61, a ‘hero’ mayor of the Gostomel village, north-west to the capital Kyiv, supported his community by handing out bread and medicine to vulnerable civilians and has been shot dead.
Both men were praised for supporting Ukrainians in their fight against the invasion.
Five days ago, Lee posted a photo of himself in military gear, with the caption ‘LET’S UNITE.’
He also took to Instagram to share resources for helping Ukrainian refugees worldwide.
His last photo, tagged in Irpen two days ago, was captioned: ‘For the last 48 hours, there is an opportunity to sit down and take a picture of how we are being bombed, and we are smiling, because we will manage.’
Sergiy Tomilenko, Chairman at the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, shared a tribute to the late actor on his Facebook page.
It read: ‘(Pasha Lee) went to fight for Ukraine from the first days of the war and died in Irpen, where there are still fierce battles with Russian occupants.
‘The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine expresses sincere condolences to (Pasha’s) family and friends.
‘Our words of support to all the staff of the DOM channel, which embodies the noble mission of broadcasting for the de-occupation of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and Crimea.’
The entertainer worked on various TV shows and movies, such as Oleksii Shaparev’s “The Fight Rules” and Lyubomyr Levytsky’s “Shadows of Unforgotten Ancestors.”
Ukrainian actress Anastasiya Kasilova, who worked with Lee on the crime TV show “Provincial,” took to Facebook to mourn Lee’s death.
“He is an actor, TV presenter, my colleague, and a good acquaintance,” Kasilova posted about Lee. “Never forgive!”