Ruslana Pysanka

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Ruslana Pysanka
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Pysanka in 2011
Born(1965-11-17)17 November 1965
Died19 July 2022(2022-07-19) (aged 56)
Years active1994–2022

Ruslana Igorivna Pysanka[1] (Ukrainian: Руслана Писанка; born Ruslana Ihorivna Pysanka; 17 November 1965 – 19 July 2022) was a Ukrainian actress and cinematographer. She hosted several television shows, and appeared in international films. Pysanka became known as lead presenter of the weather forecast on the Inter channel.

Life and career[edit]

Pysanka was born in Kyiv on 17 November 1965,[2] the daughter of the Soviet cinematographer Ihor Pysanko.[1] She studied at the directing department of the Kyiv State Institute of Culture, graduating as television director.[2] She participated in the television program Women's Club. She was TV anchor on different national channels, including programs such as Dancing with Stars from 2006.[1] From 2008, she hosted the program Official Romance with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and in 2010, she took part in the TV show Zirka + Zirka. In 2017, she participated with her husband, Ihor Isakov, as a married couple in the 7th season of Weighed and Happy.[1] She then became lead presenter of the weather forecast alongside Alexei Diveev-Tserkovny on the Inter channel, which made her known.[1][2] She hosted the show Your Day.[2]

She started acting as a side career but quickly gained popularity because of her distinct look, receiving roles in several well-known films in Ukraine, the Netherlands, Poland and Russia.[1][2] She filmed with Volodymyr Zelenskyy,[3][4] such as TV productions Die drei Musketiere and Rzhevsky versus Napoleon.[5] She received the Dovzhenko State Prize of Ukraine for her role in the film Moskal-Charivnyk (Moskal the Magician), and was awarded the Order of St. Volodymyr.[2]

Pysanka was married to Ihor Isakov, a businessman, from 2012.[1][6] At the beginning of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, she escaped to Germany alone, without her family. Her departure interrupted the filming of Natalya Vorozhbyt's Demons, which had been scheduled for release in 2022.[7] During the filming, she fell and broke her leg three times.[5] She landed in Kaiserslautern and was accommodated in a hostel by the Red Cross.[3][4] Her husband remained in Ukraine and took care of her mother who was ill and then died.[5] In Germany, Pysanka was diagnosed with what was initially quoted as a "serious illness" and later revealed to be cancer.[1][2]

Illness and death[edit]

Pysanka died in Kaiserslautern on 19 July 2022, at age 56.[2][8][9] Her husband later stated that she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.[10] On August 21, 2022, a farewell ceremony for the renowned actress and TV presenter Ruslana Pysanka, as well as her mother Dina Vasilyivna, whose body was also cremated, took place at the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Cathedral in Kyiv. After the ceremony, the urns containing their ashes were buried at Baikove Cemetery.[11]

Selected filmography[edit]



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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Actress and TV presenter Ruslana Pysanka dies". 19 July 2022. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  3. ^ a b Zilm, Gundula (21 March 2022). "Ukrainischer Filmstar Ruslana Pysanka als Geflüchtete in DRK-Unterkunft". Die Rheinpfalz (in German). Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  4. ^ a b Biegger, Sandra (5 April 2022). "Vom Rampenlicht in die Flüchtlingsunterkunft: Schauspielerin Ruslana Pysanka in Kaiserlautern gelandet" (in German). SWR. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  5. ^ a b c Schreiber, Janina (4 April 2022). "Schauspiel-Partnerin von Präsident Selenskyj lebt nun in RLP" (in German). SWR. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  6. ^ Stone, Teilor (18 July 2022). "Ruslana Pysanka told an interesting story of meeting her husband". The Saxon. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  7. ^ Kholodnova, Anna (19 July 2022). "Ukrainian TV presenter and actress, Ruslana Pysanka, has died". Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Померла Руслана Писанка". (in Ukrainian). 19 July 2022.
  9. ^ Dick, Rainer (19 July 2022). "Schauspielerin Ruslana Pysanka mit 56 Jahren in Kaiserslautern gestorben: Sie drehte mit Selenskyj – Nachruf". Die Rheinpfalz (in German). Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  10. ^ "Стала відома причина смерті Руслани Писанки". (in Ukrainian). 21 July 2022.
  11. ^ Виноградова, Уляна (21 August 2022). "Україна попрощалася з Русланою Писанкою. Фото і відео". OBOZREVATEL NEWS (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 14 May 2023.
  12. ^ "Ruslana Pysanka". (in Slovak). Retrieved 20 July 2022.

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