One puppy managed to survive the brutality of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Although the footage of the human casualties of the war has been heartbreaking, many of the millions of refugees who had to flee the country were forced to leave their pets behind. These pets have been forced to hide in abandoned buildings, which have been demolished through the Russian shelling of the region.
Although there is no way to count exactly how many lives – both human and animal – have been lost due to this deadly invasion, at least one puppy was able to make it out alive.
Video From Ukraine Shows Puppy Trapped Under Debris
A village on Donbas was shelled by Russia and a puppy was under the debris. Rescuers were able to save him and give him back to the owner (who himself narrowly escaped death from shelling). Rescue services work 24/7 doing the hardest work and saving lives.#UkraineUnderAttaсk pic.twitter.com/skbX6I4MDg
— Anton Gerashchenko (@Gerashchenko_en) April 13, 2022
Anton Gerashchenko, Adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, posted a video on his Twitter account which showed Ukrainian rescuers working to free a trapped dog from the rubble.
He tweeted, “A village on Donbas was shelled by Russia and a puppy was under the debris. Rescuers were able to save him and give him back to the owner (who himself narrowly escaped death from shelling). Rescue services work 24/7 doing the hardest work and saving lives. #UkraineUnderAttaсk”
Many users thanked them for the incredible work that the rescuers were doing and expressed support for Ukraine.
One user commented, “Beautiful… If you want to look for someone to ‘model’ your behavior after look no farther! Model these guys!! They took the time to find and rescue a puppy and return him to his owner! What heart!”
Many Show Support For Ukraine After Watching Rescuers Free Trapped Puppy
“I’ve noticed that the Ukrainians are taking great care to also rescue dogs, cats and other animals. It’s sweet,” another commented.
“Love the Ukrainian people. Hope I can visit one day before I am too old,” another said.
“That is beautiful – so many emotions in one minute. Rage that Russia shelled a peaceful village, and deep, deep love and respect for the rescuers. The bond between this poor man and his dog will sustain and comfort them both. They are both survivors. Bless them all,” another wrote.
“My god, I love the Ukrainian people! In the face of this barbaric and inhumane behaviour by their invader’s- the most compassionate and heroic response. Glory to Ukraine!!!” said another.
“That sweet puppy,” another wrote. “Thank you to the heroes. And praise be that the owner is alive and well.”
“Between the dogs shot (and apparently eaten) by Russians and the pics of dogs waiting for their murdered owners to return on top of the war crimes being committed this conflict is emotionally draining. And I’m halfway around the world safely typing at my deck. Slava Ukrani!” another shared.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine has been sharing photos of soldiers and the four-legged friends that are keeping them company throughout this Russian invasion, which has dragged on with no end in sight.
Ukrainian Soldiers Keep Their Pets Close As They Fight For Freedom
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“Our four-legged friends are ready to serve the country 🙏🐶” they wrote in the caption.
He pointed out the heartbreaking photos from the Kyiv rail station that have gone viral online. In the photographs, refugees can be seen turning their dogs, cats, and other animals loose as they fled their homes to escape Russian military forces.
Another Puppy In Ukraine Is Too Scared To Move From Russian Bombs
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“Animals feel the war like humans. This dog was so frightened of exploding bombs that it literally couldn’t walk 😟” they wrote in the caption of the heartbreaking photo.
“It’s just heartbreaking 💔 on one side to see the suffering of animals who don’t understand what’s going on with them! And on the other side so heartwarming ❤️ is the attitude of the Ukrainian people to animals!” one user commented. “I pray this war will be over! Because it’s just not fair !! We all support you !!! And I wish he could do more !!!”
“The poor animals don’t understand why this happening, we must help Ukraine, give them the planes close the sky !!!” another wrote.
“Bless the animals and all of Ukraine. Love always wins!💕” said another.