Revered Ukrainian actress Oksana Shvets has been killed in a Russian rocket attack on a residential building in Kyiv, according to the Young Theater where she was part of the troupe. She was reportedly 67.
Shvets worked in theater and film for decades, and her achievements earned her one of Ukraine’s greatest honors, the title of “Honored Artist of Ukraine,” which is also commonly mistranslated as “Well-Deserving Artist” in English.
In any event, the award is only given to the country’s most accomplished performers.
The Young Theater expressed “irreparable grief” at Shvets’ passing, before describing how the actress died.
“During the rocket shelling of a residential building in Kyiv,” the statement reads, “a well-deserving artist of Ukraine Oksana Shvets was killed.”
Shvets was reportedly born on February 10, 1955. She graduated from the theater studio at the Ivan Franko Theater and the Kiev State Institute of Theater Arts.
In addition to her time with the Young Theater, Shvets had worked at the Ternopil Music and Drama Theater and the Kiev Theater of Satire.
The English-language Kyiv Post also confirmed her death.