Israeli media reported Thursday that Jewish-Ukrainian soldier Vladislav Shain had been killed while engaged in battle with Russian forces.
“Vladislav sacrificed his life to protect his people. Rabbi Moshe Azman, the head rabbi of Ukraine, was quoted in the reports as saying, “He fought bravely from the very beginning of the [Russian] invasion.
I extend my condolences to his family, and I hope for the wounded to heal and end the carnage with all Ukrainian Jews, he continued.
Azman urged global powers to step up their efforts to achieve a truce.
Russia started the conflict in Ukraine in February.
To avoid upsetting Moscow, the dominant force in Syria, where the IDF has recently carried out hundreds of aerial strikes to reduce Iran’s military entrenchment and the transfer of weapons to Hezbollah there, and in Lebanon, Israel has refrained from arming Kyiv.
In October, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz stated that “our stance toward Ukraine will not change—we will continue to support and stand with the West, we will not transfer weapon equipment.”
He continued, probably alluding to a variant of the region-specific Color Red system used by the IDF Home Front Command, “We have asked the Ukrainians to share information regarding their needs and offered to assist in developing a life-saving early-warning system.”
Israel has said in the past and continues to say that it supports and stands with Ukraine,
NATO, and the West. Israel has a policy of aiding Ukraine through the provision of life-saving defensive tools, according to Gantz.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, declared last month that Jerusalem would give Ukraine military communications systems.