A Ukrainian soldier has melted hearts online after a video of him building a “cat checkpoint” in the war-torn country went viral on social media.
The clip, shared on TikTok by the soldier under the username alexandrliashuk, shows him measuring each of the cats before carefully crafting an entry to his hut for them. Made mostly out of wood, bamboo, and plastic, he painted a sign above the door that read: “Cat checkpoint.”
Many Ukrainians who are leaving the country are taking pets with them, and most neighboring countries including Hungary, Poland, and Romania are allowing the creatures in with minor paperwork, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has said.
More than 7.8 million Ukrainians are currently displaced in Europe, and about 4.7 million of them have registered for temporary protection or similar national protection schemes, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has verified a total of 6,490 civilian deaths as of November 6, 2022, with 403 of the victims being children.
Furthermore, 9,972 people were reported to have been injured, although OHCHR said that the true number could be “considerably higher.”
The TikTok post, which was first shared on the platform on Thursday, has attracted animal lovers from all over the world, receiving more than 7 million views and 929,000 likes so far.
One user, _notamber, commented: “At first I thought [he was] creating a growth chart for the kitties on the door frame like you do with little kids. This is better and so cute!”
And andeineko said: “The measuring was hilarious.” And happyinlife75 wrote: “The purring while measuring!!” Victoria added: “The way I laughed when he measured their tummies and faces.”
Another user, The warmonger, wrote: “Deployment animals bring that comfort in for real. I knew a soldier that brought his deployment cat home. Then got out with it and took it back states.” And Cris Kamado said: “This is the most adorable thing ever.”
Rhiannon pointed out: “I’m losing it over the one cat that is just completely gone from the world while it’s being measured.” And _rosewater_ said: “This is what math was made for.” KB Toy added: “I would’ve been content just watching you measure different parts of cats, honestly.”
Newsweek reached out to Alexandrliashuk for comment. We could not verify the details of the case.
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