Ukrainian Jewish Soldier Buried in Kiev — One Month Later

A Ukrainian Jewish soldier who died last month amid Russian-backed separatist fighting was buried in Kiev.

Yevgeni Yatsina, who was almost 26, was brought to burial in the capital on Friday following the discovery of his body, which was covered by debris since he died in an explosion last month in the country’s east, the news website newsru.co.il reported.

Yatsina was Jewish according to religious Jewish law, the Jewish Community of Dnepropetrovsk wrote Friday in a eulogy which it posted on its website, which refers to Yatsina as a hero.

He died at Donetsk’s airport on Jan. 19, the report said.

Ukrainian troops have been fighting since March with separatists in and around Donetsk, Lugansk and a number of other cities, where their fight is supported by Russia. Thousands of soldiers and civilians have died in the fighting, which diminished earlier this month following the signing of a ceasefire agreement in Minsk, Belarus.

While many Ukrainian Jews support the government’s fight, many others – especially in the areas directly affected by the fighting – oppose it and support the secessionists.

Yatsina’s former classmates at the economics faculty of Kyiv National Linguistic University described him as a cheerful, witty and upbeat person, a Ukrainian Jewish news website reported.

His body was buried at Kiev’s Berkovetskaya Cemetery following a ceremony held at one of the capital’s synagogues.

Author

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Ukrainian Jewish Soldier Buried in Kiev — One Month Later

Thank you!

This article has been sent!

Close