Ukrainian actor dies in battle with Russia
Pasha Lee, a Ukrainian actor who joined Ukraine’s Territorial Defence Force following the Russian invasion launched on Feb. 23, was killed in action. The 33-year-old actor was best known for providing vocals in the Ukrainian versions of ‘The Lion King’ and ‘The Hobbit.’
Lee’s final Instagram post on Friday showed him in uniform, smiling with what appears to be a fellow troop. His translated caption reads, “For the last 48 hours there is an opportunity to sit down and take a picture of how we are being bombed, and we are smiling because we will manage and everything will be UKRAINE. WE ARE WORKING!!!”
“Pasha Lee was a well-known Ukrainian film and dubbing actor, singer, and composer,” wrote the Odesa Film Festival in a tribute post. “He played in the theater ‘Koleso’, starred in films and commercials. Among his works in cinema are the films ‘Shtolnya’ (2006) and ‘Shadows of Unforgotten Ancestors’ (2013) by Lyubomyr Levytsky, ‘Zvychayna sprava’ by Valentyn Vasyanovych (2012), ‘The Fight Rules’ by Oleksey Shaparev (2016), “‘Meeting of classmates’ by Valentyn Shpakov (2019) and others.”
Pavlo Romanovych Li popularly known as Pasha Lee was born to a Koryo-saram or Korean-Ukrainian father and his wife, a Ukrainian woman on 10 July 1988. Lee enlisted in the Territorial Defense Forces of Ukraine on the first day of the Russian invasion. During his time fighting, he had posted several times to his Instagram account discussing the conditions and Ukrainian strength. He was killed as a result of the Russian shelling of the Kyiv suburb of Irpin on 6 March, and his death was announced by the Oten International Film Festival.