Dmytro Syryk, Suspilne radio host, killed at front

25 April, 03:50 PM
Dmytro Syryk, Suspilne radio host, killed at front (Photo:@Суспільне)

Dmytro Syryk, Suspilne radio host, killed at front (Photo:@Суспільне)

Dmytro Syryk, a radio host at Ukraine’s national news outlet Suspilne who joined the Ukrainian Armed Forces after the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion, was killed in action on April 20, Suspilne reported on April 24.

Originally from Severodonetsk, the 36-year-old had worked in radio for over 15 years. He was also a DJ, music editor, and radio host known to his listeners under the pseudonym Ivan Lopata.

“(Dmytro) was very responsible and always ready to work,” said Syryk’s colleague, Viktoria Marchenko.

“He often joked with colleagues, but could appear serious to outsiders. But in reality, he was very kind. He loved movies and was passionate about intellectual games, playing Quiz. He was always supportive and someone you could rely on. And when he was mobilized, he immediately joined the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.”

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Syryk worked in the city of Luhansk for many years, before moving home to Severodonetsk after Luhansk was occupied by Russia in 2014. It was at that time he switched to speaking Ukrainian, said Marchenko. He had dreamed of returning to a liberated Luhansk after Ukraine’s victory to help rebuild Ukrainian broadcasting.

“He was a patriot of his country, and he was also a patriot of his small homeland – Luhansk Oblast,” she said.

After evacuating his parents, son, and fiancée to safety after the full-scale invasion began, Syryk received a summons and joined the Armed Forces in March 2022.

He served a sniper in a mechanized battalion and was killed on April 20 while defending Ukraine, according to Viacheslav Saulko, the mayor of Pereiaslav.

We at NV express our condolences to the family and loved ones of this heroic Ukrainian.

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