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A young Ukrainian Humanitarian AID worker was shot dead by Russian troops after she refused to evacuate so that she could save dogs.

Anastasiia Yalanskaya was 26 years old and killed by the Russian ‘death squad’ with two other volunteers, according to a news report. The three were making a treacherous journey 18 miles outside of Kyiv to deliver food to a local dog shelter in Bucha. The shelter had gone without food for three days, and these brave workers risked everything to make sure the dogs didn’t go hungry.

Her family reported that their car was intentionally targeted with heavy weaponry at extremely close range. They believe Russian troops are now slaughtering innocent civilians at random to scare Ukrainians and weaken the resistance to the Russian invasion.

The group had made the delivery to the shelter and were on their way back. The 26-year-olds car was found close to her home, covered in bullets. They believe soldiers swarmed the vehicle and fired heavy weaponry at the innocent civilians.

After a few hours without contact, Yalanskaya’s friend knew something was wrong and sent an alert that the group might be missing.

Yalanskaya had turned down offers to flee the country because she was determined to stay behind and help the helpless animals in any way that she could.

Her husband told the New York Post, “I asked her to be extra cautious. That nowadays, a mistake costs extremely much, but she was helping everyone around. I asked her to think of evacuation but she did not listen.”

“She was one of the best human beings I knew. She was committed to help, to help her friends and relatives and whoever needed help,” he continued. “She loved animals. We had a dog and a cat. She was the best partner I ever had.”

We can’t forget Russia’s unjust invasion of this democratic country and their slaying of innocent citizens! Read our post on how you can help animals in Ukraine and speak up and talk about what’s happening! Sign every petition you can and if you have the means, consider donating to organizations in Ukraine risking their lives to help.

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