A former amateur boxer has died at the age of 30 while defending Ukraine against Russia.
Oleg Prudky worked for the Cherkassy police special forces to further fight the invaders.
Their base in the city was attacked on Sunday, when he and three colleagues died.
A two-time amateur champion in his homeland, Prudky was called up to the Ukraine Otamans team for the World Series of Boxing semi-professional competition – a team that had previously represented Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk.
The Boxing Federation of Ukraine said: “We are sad to announce that the champion of sport of the international boxing class, champion of Ukraine Oleg Prudky, died in a fight with the Russian invaders.
“The Boxing Union of Ukraine sends its condolences to the boxer’s family! Eternal memory of you Olezh.”
Cherkasy Boxing Federation President Serhiy Tyshchenko added: “Another tragedy in our boxing family. One of the best boxers in the Cherkassy region, Oleg Prudky, has died in the east.
“I remember now your trainer telling you how eager you are to box and bike tens of miles to get to practice.
“I remember how we supported you in the competitions of Ukrainian atamans, then a whole bus from Cherkassy came to support you, and you won! Everyone remembers your incredible struggles.
“You are the first in the history of Circassian boxing to win gold in the 60 kg weight class.
“Oleg was a two-time champion of Ukraine and a master of sports of international class. Your victories and successes are difficult to count, you were a very persistent and diligent athlete, you trained a lot. They were a worthy example for future generations.
“Forever Remembrance, Rest In Peace Friend. Heroes do not die.”
Prudky leaves behind his wife Mariana and their two small daughters.
Mariana posted an emotional tribute to her late husband on social media.
She wrote: “War – it takes away the best. I don’t believe, I don’t believe that you are no more.
‘I LOVE YOU’
“What I don’t want to hear – good morning darling! I’m fine! how are the girls And the most important thing is that you will never tell me again – I LOVE you.
“You were like a shining sun, a role model for your children who adore you so much and always ask you when daddy is coming.
“How can I tell them they’ll never see you again?
“You were a role model for your friends and colleagues. You are my angel. I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH.”
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