Ukrainian refugees are being compelled to abandon and evacuate their pets as a result of the invasion.
As nearly 1.7 million Ukrainian refugees fled their nation in the aftermath of Russia's invasion, many rushed to rescue their pets and animals, at times risking their own lives.
Prior to the invasion, Tonya Trofimchuk and Bogdan Leseyko, a husband-wife team, routinely cared for 30 to 60 pets each month and dozens of strays in Kyiv through their nonprofit Adopt Don't Stop.
However, when the Russian invasion began less than two weeks ago, Trofimchuk and Maria Lapshina, the administrator of one of the animal shelters, spent their nights in a bomb shelter-equipped metro station. By day, the women fled to an animal sanctuary to care for the 14 rescued animals, according to a daily update from a group of Ukrainian journalists based in and around Ukraine.
The women have since transferred the animals to safer places in western portions of the country, utilizing a car given by strangers they met through social media.
Other Ukrainian evacuees were compelled to abandon their dogs in the hope that they may be reunited with them after the conflict abated.
The majority of [owners] left pets with food and water for approximately ten days. People hoped they would return by then, Dmitry Revnyuk, co-founder of a veterinary magazine, told a Ukrainian journalist organization.
Yulya Balaeva was forced to leave 15 cats behind when she left her house in Irpin, a city where at least two small children were slain in a series of attacks.
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We came under fire as we crossed the bombed bridge. Our dog was terrified of the blasts and bolted, Balaeva wrote on Facebook, according to the Ukrainian journalist association. We were unable to apprehend her due to the threat of another attack. We were tracked by a Russian drone. Two explosions occurred shortly thereafter. We were already aboard the evac bus. The bomb came dangerously close to blowing out the bus windows. We were all strewn on the floor.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has killed at least 406 civilians and injured 801 others since the conflict began on Feb. 24. However, the United Nations acknowledged that actual figures are significantly higher.
Ukraine's rescue services have calculated that more than 2,000 civilians have died.