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Prominent Ukrainian poet Ivan Drach died after a serious illness in Feofaniya Clinical Hospital in Kyiv on Tuesday, June 19.

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"He died in the morning. Hence, he did not live much. He was 81 years old. The soul of the great poet, filmmaker and public figure is flying away from us...," film critic Sergiy Trymbach wrote on Facebook.

According to Trymbach, he talked with Drach's wife last night.

"There was still hope. However, it happened," he said.

The film critic added that Drach had bequeathed to bury him in his native village of Telizhyntsi, next to the grave of his son Maksym.