These guys are amazing. The skill and professionalism of the guy you see in the video is impressive. The way he catches the cat who was scared and tried to escape shows a good understanding of animals as does the way he gave a scared dog on a roof the time to adjust to his presence before putting a lead around their neck.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said that dead bodies were floating in floodwater from the Nova Kakhovka dam. It is generally agreed that the dam was destroyed by the Russians who occupy the area. And it is now reported on various websites including POLITICO, that the Russians are shooting at Ukrainian rescuers such as the couple of guys we see in the boat in this video. This was an act of ecocide (read about that word by clicking on this link).
Rescuers are attempting to save the lives of people and their pets trapped in the Kherson area floodwaters.
The president said:
As soon as our helpers try to rescue them, they are shot at.
The floodwater threatens 80 settlements in both Russian occupied areas and Ukrainian occupied areas. Both are on sides of the river. The president said that people and animals have died and added:
From the roofs of the flooded houses, people see drowned people floating by. You can see that on the other side. It’s very hard to get people out of the occupied part of Kherson region. When our forces try to get them out, they are shot at by occupiers from a distance.
We won’t know the full consequences until the floodwater has subsided. Kyiv has said that the Kremlin was behind the destruction of the dam as a means to undermine Ukraine’s counteroffensive which, as I understand it, has started.
Zelensky believes that the Russians understand that they will lose the battle raging in the east of Ukraine and they are using all manner of means no matter how cruel and destructive to prevent them losing the battle.
Zelensky believes that, “They are dragging out the liberation of our territories.”
It is good to see the animals being rescued. Many have died obviously. Many are still probably stuck on trees or on small patches of high ground or roofs. They patiently wait to be rescued. The amount of animal destruction in this war is horrendous. It is underreported from the point of view of an animal advocate.
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