Its owners managed to flee from Russian troops when they invaded the Ukrainian city of Buchh. But her beloved cat Max had to leave behind a mother and her daughter.
While they were able to get to safety and fled to the Czech Republic, Putin’s troops raged in the city. They killed civilians and looted the streets. What they could carry was taken away: children’s toys, electric scooters, car batteries or jewellery.
Cat Max was also simply stolen. No wonder: His Maine Coon breed catches the eye. The animals are quite large compared to ordinary house cats. In addition, the coat color orange and the white paws. So the animal was kidnapped without further ado – to Belarus, 300 kilometers away. This is reported by Anton Gerashchenko (43), a former member of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, on Twitter.
Call thanks to Batman collar
What the cat experienced during this time is unclear. Also, what his kidnappers planned for him. But: Now Max is back with his owners. The reason for the happy ending: his Batman collar. On it were the contact details of the family from Bucha.
And so suddenly the owner’s phone rang. A woman from Gomel, a city in Belarus, was on the other end. She had found Max and found the phone number on his collar.
After that everything went very quickly. The cat got a new veterinary passport and a chip and was finally able to travel to his family in the Czech Republic via Poland.
First trial against Russian soldiers in preparation
Meanwhile, the crimes committed by the Russians in Bucha are being investigated and those responsible brought to justice.
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office has announced the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier. According to Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova (43), a 21-year-old Russian man is accused of killing a civilian who witnessed the theft from the window of a stolen car.
The government in Kyiv and the US government hold Russia responsible for a number of war crimes in Ukraine, including in the Kiev suburb of Bucha. (jmh/AFP)