Ukrainian firefighters rescue kitten from Russian rocket-hit restaurant in Kharkiv: report
Ukrainian firefighters have saved many lives from bomb-damaged buildings during the ongoing war with Russia. But over the weekend they saved the life of a four-legged friend, a gray and white cat, according to a report in ABC News.
The kitten was rescued from a wooden hotel-restaurant complex that was hit by a rocket in Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv. Rescuers, who were equipped with full firefighting gear, battled fiery flames and smoke to pull the cat from under a metal chair in the wreckage, the outlet added citing the services of country emergency.
After the rescue, firefighters petted and cuddled the kitten while transporting it to safety, ABC News said. One of the firefighters held her as she washed herself with water from a fire truck, the outlet added.
He quoted one of the rescuers saying, “Get this kitten some oxygen.”
According to Ukrainian emergency services, the kitten’s paw injured and required medical attention. Emergency services have called firefighters “the heroes of our time”.
“They protect, work, save, care… And we wish the cat a speedy recovery,” they added.
Recently, the last operational reactor of the massive Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was cut off from the Ukrainian grid on Monday after Russian bombings damaged power cables, according to the news agency Reuters.
Europe’s largest nuclear power plant with six reactors, in danger of being destroyed, is located in southern Ukraine and is still occupied by Ukrainians despite being occupied by Moscow in March.