Stray animals boost morale on Ukraine’s front lines as Russia and Nato remain at odds

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On the muddy and freezing front lines of Ukraine’s conflict with pro-Russian separatist forces, entrenched soldiers have been adopting stray cats and dogs and finding that the animals are quickly becoming valued assets. “She immediately barks or growls if the enemy is planning an attack,” said 21-year-old Ukrainian soldier Mykyta about his dog, explaining how the animals help make the tense situation “safer and calmer”.

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