Separatist Pets Are Taking Over The Russian Internet

When the U.S. first announced sanctions against Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine, Russia’s pets spoke up. As pro-Russian rebel groups occupy government buildings in eastern Ukraine, cats, dogs, bunnies and even geese are taking sides.

8. Some have copied the pro-Russian militants’ masked look.

“Are you for the Donbass?” the man asks the dog, referring to the region in eastern Ukraine that remains out of the Kiev government’s control. “Are you for Russia? Are you for the Donetsk People’s Republic? Are you for freedom? Are you going to fight for freedom?”

12. Pro-Russian forces have apparently welcomed the support.

“Being a separatist means…loving a kitten.”

Pro-Russian separatists have behaved less tenderly to the journalists, politicians and activists they have kidnapped in eastern Ukraine. Western governments, including the U.S., say Russia is behind the militants’ power grab. “Of course there’s local unhappiness but it’s clear that there’ve been efforts from outside to stir the pot and destabilize the situation,” U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt told BuzzFeed.

Russia has denied allegations that it aided separatist groups in eastern Ukraine. After Russian President Vladimir Putin called for separatists in Donetsk region to postpone an independence referendum planned for May 11, the future of the movement remains unclear.

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