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Russia uses raccoon stolen from Kherson for war propaganda – UAnimals

Tuesday, 4 July 2023, 21:00
Russia uses raccoon stolen from Kherson for war propaganda – UAnimals
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The raccoon stolen from the city of Kherson is being used by the Russian military in propaganda videos, which promote the war in Ukraine.

Source: Oleksandr Todorchuk, founder of the UAnimals movement, in an interview for Ukrainska Pravda

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Quote: "It was transported to Russia-occupied Crimea, and after that some Russian military brigade has been dragging it along with them and shooting videos with it at their combat positions, in a vehicle etc. So they have basically turned a wild animal into a propaganda instrument: they were giving him some "titles" and "offices" in their military unit, making some statements like "a raccoon has supported the Russian army in this war"…This is something absolutely vile and terrible."

Background: In November 2022, the Russian military, retreating from the city of Kherson, stole a raccoon and a number of other animals from a local mini-zoo.

Later, Oleh Zubkov, Crimean businessman and head of the Taigan park of lions and the Kazka zoo, stated that the animals are "held temporarily" and will be given back as soon as "the Kherson authorities give us a signal they are ready to have them back."

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