There has been no lack of heartbreaking photographs and videos pouring from war-torn Ukraine in recent weeks.
But, among the pictures of devastation and dislocation, there have also been glimpses of hope and humanity.
On Monday, Trey Yingst, a foreign reporter based in Ukraine, took a break from his war reporting to highlight a touching picture of love and compassion set against the backdrop of the devastated capital city of Kiev.
Yingst shared this video on Twitter of a young lady on the street cradling a cat in her arms, bringing the animal comfort and, no doubt, receiving it in kind, while air raid sirens play a foreboding alert.
It’s unclear if the lady knew the cat before or whether they were only recently acquainted, but acts of compassion in the face of constant bombardment aren’t confined to pets.
Yingst sent another another video, this time of an elderly guy feeding pigeons while conflict rages around them.
“Humanity endures,” Yingst stated:
These are, of course, just a few examples of gestures of generosity during a difficult time for Ukrainians — and there are undoubtedly numerous others taking place every day that go unnoticed by a reporter’s camera.
In addition to those unsung animal lovers, rescue groups are trying to save animals and their owners in the aftermath of the events in Ukraine. Click here to discover more about the work being done there and how you can get involved.