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    A man in a uniform with a Ukrainian flag insignia on his arm was shown smoking a cigarette and saying ‘Glory to Ukraine’ before being shot dead.

    President Volodymyr Zelenskyy bestowed posthumously the “Hero of Ukraine” honour on a soldier who defiantly said “Glory to Ukraine” before being shot dead in a volley of gunfire, an incident shown in a video posted on social media.

    Ukraine’s military, on its Telegram channel, confirmed the identity of the soldier as Oleksandr Matsievskyy – a sniper with a unit from the northern region of Chernihiv.

    “Today, I have bestowed the title of Hero of Ukraine on soldier Oleksandr Matsievskyy,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address on Sunday.

    “A man that all Ukrainians will know. A man who will be forever remembered for his bravery, for his confidence in Ukraine, and for his ‘Glory to Ukraine.’”

    ‘Incredibly brave’

    The man in a uniform with a Ukrainian flag insignia on his arm was shown smoking a cigarette and saying “Slava Ukraini” before being shot dead. A voice off camera then says in Russian, “Die b**ch.”

    Germany’s Bild newspaper said its reporter spoke to Matsievekiy’s mother, Paraska, who said: “He stood there unarmed but proud to be Ukrainian. He was always incredibly brave. At this moment, the only weapon he could defend himself with was to say: ‘Slava Ukraini.’”

    The term “Glory to Ukraine” is more than a century old but came into general use after Ukraine won independence from Soviet rule.

    It has been in widespread use as a greeting during the war, always drawing the response “Heroyam Slava” – “Glory to the Heroes”.



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