Ukrainian decathlon champion and “future Olympian” Volodymyr Androshchuk was shot dead by Russian soldiers as tributes poured in

A Ukrainian decathlon champion who was due to compete at the Paris Olympics has died in combat after being shot dead by Russian soldiers.

Volodymyr Androshchuk was killed on January 25 near Bakhmut, Ukraine.

Volodymyr Androshchuk was destined to become a future Olympic star

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Volodymyr Androshchuk was destined to become a future Olympic starPhoto credit: Twitter/@DefenseU
Honors were paid after the death of the Ukrainian soldier

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Honors were paid after the death of the Ukrainian soldierPhoto credit: Reuters

The 22-year-old’s tragic loss was confirmed by Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, who said: “A promising athlete and a true hero.

“He could have competed in the Paris Olympics if Russia hadn’t invaded Ukraine.

“Why do the Russians still have this privilege?”

Anton Gerashchenko, former Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Internal Ukraine, paid tribute to the athlete.

He said: “Volodymyr Androshchuk, Ukrainian track and field athlete, member of the national team, died in combat near Bakhmut.

“RIP, Volodymyr.

“We keep losing our best people.”

A comrade holds a picture of the brave sportsman

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A comrade holds a picture of the brave sportsmanPhoto credit: Reuters
Family and friends mourn the man

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Family and friends mourn the manPhoto credit: Reuters

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