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‘We Cried, The Dog Cried’: Rescuing Animals From Occupied Ukraine [Video]

In her normal life, Daria is a medical worker in Russia. But now she also describes herself as a “truck driver.”

For three years now, she has been regularly driving to areas of Ukraine occupied by Russia, meeting refugees, and taking them somewhere where they can get help.

In peacetime, Daria helped an animal rescue group and often just picked up dogs and cats from the street. But, of course, she had never before had to evacuate animals from under shelling.

“Right from the beginning of the war, I immediately got involved in helping refugees, but it quickly became clear that we also needed to help animals,” Daria (whose name has been changed at her request) told RFE/RL.

“At first, I had five or six animals on a trip. And on January 1, 2023, I was carrying one family — Anya and her mother had 11 other people’s cats, a small dog, …

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President Biden faces world stage test at NATO summit [Video]

President Biden will be wrapping up a busy week at the NATO summit, addressing leaders with final remarks and a press conference Thursday. He'll also speak to concerns over the Ukraine war with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.But Biden is also facing challenges to prove himself worthy of reelection. On Wednesday, a ninth House Democrat joined a list of lawmakers calling to end his campaign. While some have expressed doubt, other lawmakers have publicly voiced support for Biden. "When Donald Trump was president, we had four bad years. Joe Biden had one bad debate night, but he's had three-and-a-half great years of accomplishing good things for our country," said Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware and the Biden Campaign co-chair.Rep. Adam Smith, D-Washington, is among those who think Biden should abandon his campaign."You stepped up and saved the country from Donald Trump in 2020. Don't let this be your legacy that you refused to step down," Smith said.Others have remained vague on the matter."My conversations right now are focused on the caucus and making sure everybody has an opportunity to be heard," House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries said.Meanwhile, Vermont Sen. Peter Welch became the first Senate Democrat to call on Biden to withdraw. Welch said he made the decision "with sadness."But there are more opportunities for Biden to prove himself.In a Wednesday morning phone call with over 200 Democratic mayors, Biden laid out plans to support cities and answered questions. Despite concerns over his campaign, at least a few mayors publicly expressed their support following the call.Biden will also hold a campaign stop in Michigan on Friday and appear in a TV interview with NBC News next week.