Dog rescued from bombed apartment in Ukraine ‘terribly scared’ | World | New

Rescuers in Ukraine used a crane to reach the bombed-out fourth-floor apartment as they worked to free the terrified dog. Firefighters in the southern town of Nikolaev worked frantically to rescue the golden Labrador who emerged from a damaged balcony clearly shaken and frightened.

A rescuer was hoisted into a cage to retrieve the dog, which required encouragement before stepping onto the platform.

Video footage shows the extent of the devastation to the building with windows blown out and the front of the block threatening to cave in.

The devastation was reportedly caused by a missile strike amid Russian attempts to advance on the strategic city.

Once safely back on the ground, the Labrador was clearly overjoyed and wasted no time sniffing out the debris left in the street.

Meanwhile, Russia continued its offensive in eastern Ukraine on Thursday after NATO branded Moscow the “greatest direct threat” to Western security and agreed plans to modernize Kyiv’s beleaguered armed forces. .

Ukrainian authorities said they were trying to evacuate residents of the eastern town of Lysychansk, at the center of the Russian attacks, where around 15,000 people remained under relentless shelling.

“The fighting is going on all the time. The Russians are constantly on the offensive. There is no respite,” regional governor Serhiy Gaidai told Ukrainian television.

Russian troops had attacked the Lysychansk oil refinery on Thursday morning, Gaidai later wrote on Telegram.

The ambassador of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Luhansk told Russian news agency RIA that the oil refinery in Lysychansk was now fully controlled by Russian and pro-Russian forces, and that all roads leading to Lysychansk were also blocked. under their control.

Russian forces attempt to surround Lysychansk as they seek to capture the Donbass region, which includes the provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk.

At a summit on Wednesday dominated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the geopolitical upheaval it has caused, NATO invited Sweden and Finland to join and pledged to multiply by seven from 2023 combat forces on high alert along its eastern flank.

In response, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia would respond in the same way if NATO built infrastructure in Finland and Sweden after they joined the US-led military alliance.

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Putin was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying he could not rule out tensions emerging in Moscow’s relations with Helsinki and Stockholm over their NATO membership.

US President Joe Biden has announced more land, sea and air deployments across Europe, from Spain in the west to Romania and Poland bordering Ukraine.

These included a permanent army headquarters with an accompanying battalion in Poland – the first full-time American deployment to NATO’s eastern fringes.

“President Putin’s war against Ukraine has shattered the peace in Europe and created the biggest security crisis in Europe since World War II,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during a briefing. a press conference, pledging to bring 300,000 NATO troops to high readiness from 2023. “NATO has responded with strength and unity.”