A Ukrainian village’s final farewell to soldier highlights toll of war

Svitlana Budun, who serves as starosta, or elected leader, of this village, said the military funeral was the village’s second since the February 2022 invasion. Both occurred within about four months of each other.

Though Babych, 44, lived in another village close by, his remains would be buried here, near those of his father, Volodymyr, who died of natural causes last year, Budun said. Budun said she knew few details about Babych’s death, because official secrecy often surrounds Ukrainian military casualties and attacks on military targets.

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