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Ukrainian rescue workers save crying puppy burried under rubble, return it to 77-year-old owner

The 77-year-old man who lost his home to shelling by Russian forces was reunited with his puppy in an emotional moment.

Ukrainian rescue workers save crying puppy burried under rubble, return it to 77-year-old owner
Image source: Dontesk Regional Police

Even as Ukraine is being ravaged by war, people are fighting, not just for each other, but for every living being. A video of a group of people rescuing a small puppy from the rubble after a house was bombed by Russian forces has gone viral. The video posted by police department in Donetsk on Facebook shows rescue workers pulling a puppy buried under debris. It's a miracle how the puppy survived under all that rubble. “Every life is important,” read the caption of the post. The puppy was reunited with the owner who got emotional as he held the dog, reported God.DailyDot. The video offers hope at a time when the country continues to be bombed and attacked by Russian forces.


People reportedly heard small cries of a puppy coming from under the rubble. In the video, 3-4 rescue workers are seen furiously digging, while a few others watch on in anxiety. The chances of the puppy surviving are low considering the amount of rubble, including a lot of bricks and mud, first responders were digging out. After digging a huge hole, workers spot the head of the puppy and continue digging around that. When they pull the puppy out, it can be seen that the puppy, completely covered in dust, is gasping for air.



Initially, when the pup wasn't moving much after being pulled out, responders shook it a few times. The puppy could be seen looking around a little dazed and taking in air. When workers put it on its feet, the puppy just shook itself off the dust. The worker picked up the puppy as everyone cheered.

Many homes were bombed in the area but luckily the owner of this particular home survived and was reunited with the puppy. The 77-year-old man had left his home just before it was hit. He lost his home and all his possessions. The man held his dog tightly and thanked the rescue workers for saving the puppy. “Thanks to the boys for doing everything quickly and promptly here,” says the happy dog parent. The video also showed a lot of other homes destroyed in the attack.


Russian forces have intensified their attack in the eastern parts of Ukraine, mainly in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The staff at a Ukrainian zoo are refusing to leave the animals behind and flee. They are all scared of being bombed and attacked but it's their love for the animals that they are refusing to abandon their posts at Mykolaiv zoo. “It is scary, very scary. I'm scared for myself, my children, and my grandchildren. One can’t describe it. Well, you won’t leave animals behind, and we can’t leave either. If we all leave, then who will look after them and take care of them. We grew up with them. I am myself a rural girl, I grew up and will not betray them. Whatever will happen to us, will happen. Perhaps, the war will go away,” said zoo carer Victorai Tsuskho, reported Yahoo News. Mykolaiv zoo was founded in 1901 and is believed to be one of the best in Europe.


The Ukrainian people are still trying to flee the country. The UN humanitarian chief has called on Russian forces to provide safe passage of civilians out of Mariupol which has been ravaged by the war. “I am deeply saddened by the deaths of at least two aid workers who were killed, together with five of their relatives, during an attack that hit the office of the non-governmental organization Caritas in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, on March 15. The events took place nearly one month ago but the information has become available only now,” said Martin Griffiths, under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, reported CNN.


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