The advice comes from UAnimals, an animal rights organisation that has been rescuing and helping animals since the invasion of Ukraine began in late February. With a post on its social media platforms, the charity urges people to be alert when getting out to walk their beloved pets. Tragically, the charity says that “even a simple walk with an animal can be a threat to life” due to the terrifying situation in the country.
UAnimals pleads for the information and “tips” to be shared as far and wide as possible so that people are aware of the dangers and try to protect themselves and their pets.
Firstly, the charity notes that people should only walk “familiar and studied paths”
If possible, people are advised to choose paved roads in parks where visitors are allowed or places where the path is clearly visible.
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UAnimals adds: “Definitely not allowed to walk on the beaches at the moment.”
The organisation also discourages people from trying to walk in forests and fields, as “there is a high possibility of bumping into mines that are hidden by leaves”.
Animals and especially dogs are curious when they are being walked, therefore they can be attracted to deadly objects.
Russian forces have been extensively using landmines to target innocent civilians in Ukraine since the start of the invasion.
On March 29, Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a terrifying warning reporting that Russia is using banned antipersonnel mines in the eastern Kharkiv region.
The humanitarian organisation stated that antipersonnel mines were located by Ukrainian explosive ordnance disposal technicians.
HRW added: “Russia is known to possess these newly deployed landmines, which can indiscriminately kill and maim people within an apparent 16-meter range.”
And they called for the international community to condemn the use of the forbidden weapons.