Latest Ukraine War News: Russia Captures More Ground as It Nears Full Control of Luhansk

Credit…Emile Ducke for The New York Times
Credit…Emile Ducke for The New York Times
Credit…Emile Ducke for The New York Times

LVIV, Ukraine — Artemiy Dymyd’s closest pals unwrapped his parachute and unfold it gently over his grave. The pink, silky materials swaddled his coffin as it was lowered down.

The males, many troopers themselves, lined the freshly dug gap with grime. The first shovelfuls landed with a thud.

The funeral for Mr. Dymyd, a marine killed in motion, was the primary funeral of the day in Lviv, a western metropolis in Ukraine the place residents have seen a relentless stream of their sons killed within the battle with Russia. By Tuesday’s finish, three different freshly dug graves close to Mr. Dymyd’s would even be crammed with younger troopers who had died in battle for the nation’s east, a whole lot of miles away.

The funeral had begun in a Greek Catholic church, an eastern branch of Catholicism that’s widespread in Lviv. Mr. Dymyd’s father, a priest, delivered his eulogy. And then his mom, her voice thick with emotion, sang a closing lullaby for her son.

The procession then made an all-too-familiar journey from the church to the town’s fundamental market sq., the place dozens of younger folks in scouting uniforms shaped a honor guard. Mr. Dymyd, 27, had been a component of Ukraine’s scout group for the reason that age of 7. Young kids, youngsters and adults from the group have been there to say a closing goodbye.

At the underside of the sq., 4 white placards introduced the main points of the navy funerals to be held within the metropolis on Tuesday, all for males killed within the battle for the nation’s east in latest weeks. Three of them by no means reached their thirtieth birthday.

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One younger lady, carrying the distinctive inexperienced scarf of the scouts, closed her eyes, drew sharp breaths and clenched her fists to maintain her tears at bay as she joined the gradual procession for Mr. Dymyd.

Scouting was only one half of his life. Mr. Dymyd additionally beloved touring and journey, and excessive sports activities like parachuting. His nickname was Kurka, which suggests rooster. Friends stated that Metallica music would have been extra becoming for his funeral than the navy dirges that now play in Lviv’s Lychakiv cemetery each day.

“He is one of the most decent men I’ve ever met,” stated Dmytro Paschuk, 26. “He lived many lives in his 27 years. People write books about characters like him, and maybe there will be books soon.”

Mr. Paschuk, who ran a wine bar earlier than the battle, served alongside Mr. Dymyd in a particular operation unit of the Ukrainian marines. They had change into like brothers in the previous few months, he stated.

On the evening of the assault that ended his pal’s life, Mr. Paschuk stated, he woke to the sound of an explosion and shortly knew that one thing was fallacious. He instantly appeared for Mr. Dymyd and noticed that one other pal was giving him first support. When he noticed Mr. Dymyd’s eyes, he knew it was unhealthy.

“I was scared to be beside him,” he stated slowly. “Because when I saw him I felt that he wouldn’t make it.”

Mr. Dymyd died a short while later.

Mr. Paschuk stated he had combined emotions about returning to the entrance traces in a number of days. He described waves of feelings, however he stated he was not offended or vengeful.

“I don’t have the feeling I want to kill everyone because this happened,” Mr. Paschuk stated. “Thanks to Kurka. He taught me to remain calm.”

Roman Lozynskyi, a fellow marine, had been a pal of Mr. Dymyd for 20 years, having met him after they have been younger scouts. Mr. Lozynskyi, who’s a member of Ukraine’s Parliament, volunteered for the navy three months in the past and served in the identical unit as Mr. Dymyd and Mr. Paschuk.

He described his lifelong pal as a “crazy man” with a lust for all times who had raced again to Ukraine from a parachuting journey in Brazil to enlist when the battle started. Mr. Dymyd wished to proceed parachuting in the course of the battle and at last had an opportunity final month as half of a mission, his pals stated.

It was Mr. Dymyd’s brother, Dmytro Dymyd, who thought of putting the parachute in his grave, Mr. Lozynskyi stated, in a nod to Mr. Dymyd’s ardour for the game of parachuting. The brother, who can also be a soldier, was given permission to attend the funeral however would return to the Donetsk area in a number of days.

As the mourners slowly made their manner from the cemetery, the grave diggers tamped down the earth on Mr. Dymyd’s grave to a sturdy mound.

There have been nonetheless three extra to go.

Credit…Emile Ducke for The New York Times
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