Tributes rain down after the death of 25-year-old former Ukrainian figure skater Dmytro Sharpar. Image: @Gerashchenko_en/Twitter

TRIBUTES flooded social media after former Ukrainian figure skater Dmytro Sharpar, 25, was confirmed dead.

Twenty-five-year-old figure skater Dmytro Sharpar was killed in battle against the Russian army in Bakhmut, according to local media reports.

He was the Ukrainian national cup silver medalist and finished in the top 10 at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

Adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Minister Anton Gerashchenko wrote: “Ukrainian figure skater Dmytro Sharpar was killed in combat near Bakhmut.

“Dmytro was a talented figure skater, he competed in the Youth Olympic Games. He will always be 25 years old. RIP, Dmytro”.

“Ukrainian national silver medalist in pair skating Dmytro Sharpar died today defending Ukraine in the Donetsk region. He was only 25 years old,” wrote another.

While another said: “Former Ukrainian figure skaters (couple) lost their lives due to Russian aggression. She was a silver medalist at the Ukrainian Championships and was in the top 10 at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games. 25 years old. Dmytro Sharpar (right) Finally, the world of skating has taken a casualty. My chest hurts.”


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