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25 heartbreaking but remarkable photos of Ukrainians clinging to their pets amid Russia's assault

Photos and videos emerging from the country show Ukrainian pet parents refusing to abandon their furry companions even in this time of uncertainty and danger.

Cover Image Source: (L) Facebook/Casa lui Patrocle - Animal Rescue (R) Facebook/Lesia Smykovska
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As Russia continues its ruthless assault on Ukraine, citizens caught in the crossfire are fleeing their homes with their most precious belongings. In a heartbreaking but remarkable display of love and loyalty, photos and videos emerging from the country show Ukrainian pet parents refusing to abandon their furry companions even in this time of uncertainty and danger. Animal rescue organizations in the Eastern European nation are also showing extraordinary commitment to the animals in their charge amid flying bullets, power outages and dwindling reserves of food, water and other supplies.

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"Volunteers in shelters and rehabilitation centers will never abandon their animals and will stand until the last," the nonprofit UAnimals—which is currently collecting donations for a growing list of animal shelters across Ukraine—wrote on Facebook. Meanwhile, the internet has been left in awe of the unbreakable bond between Ukrainians and their pets. In the last week, we've witnessed how those fleeing their homes have hunkered down in underground bomb shelters with their dogs and cats, keeping the animals warm under coats and blankets amid freezing temperatures outside. We've also seen that many of those attempting to leave the country have toted pet carriers along with the suitcases they dragged behind them.

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Here are 25 incredible photographs from Ukraine that exhibit how strong Ukrainians' love for their pets is:

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