Hundreds of people attended the funeral of a young Ukrainian militant killed in fighting in eastern Ukraine at the St. Michael’s Golden Dome Monastery in central Ukraine on Saturday, a young man who was a key figure in the pro-European Maidan movement.
Roman Ratuşnîi died on June 9 near Izium in the Kharkiv region (Kharkiv), where Ukrainian forces are fighting the Russian army, which invaded Ukraine on February 24.
On Saturday morning, four soldiers carried the coffin of the deceased, greeted by the crowd, in the presence of numerous soldiers. The coffin was deposited at the entrance to the monastery, where a funeral ceremony took place, informs Agerpres.
Hundreds of people watched the ceremony in silence, some holding flowers in their hands, others with a Ukrainian flag on their backs.
The crowd will gather in the middle of Saturday in Independence Square (Maidan Nezalejnosti) and the coffin will be buried in the grave at Baikove Cemetery in southern Kiev, where many Ukrainian personalities are buried.
Roman Ratuşnîi, one of the first students to protest at the end of 2013 in Independence Square, went to fight in the Ukrainian army, like many other civilians since the beginning of the Russian aggression. Those protests launched the pro-European Maidan protest movement, which led to the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014.
The announcement, at the beginning of the week, of the death of Roman Ratuşnîi, who was also a famous anti-corruption activist, provoked a wave of reactions on social networks.
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