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The poet passed away after a long fight with a “severe illness,” the journalist wrote, adding that the poet had once set a life credo for himself: "Write as you live, and live as you write."

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expressed condolences to the poet’s family, friends and colleagues, the president’s press service wrote.

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The president emphasized: "He did a lot for the nation to establish its language and culture.”