It was delightful to see the joy exhibited by a husky that got reunited with its master in Bucha amidst the Russian-Ukrainian war. Ukrainian soldiers found it half-dead in an abandoned car in Bucha.
The dog named Nessy was discovered when Ukrainian forces took back control of the town in Kyiv. This was one month after Russia's invasion, leaving many people dead and many properties destroyed.
Nessy was separated from her master during the period Russian forces occupied the town but footage released some days ago captured the moment the husky reunited with its owner.
She is seen running in what seems to be a car park on sighting her owner. She wags her tail as she runs and howls with sheer delight on meeting him.
This union was possible with the help of the Kastus Kalinouskiv Battalion, a group of soldiers from Belarus volunteering to help with the Ukrainian war.
They posted about this in a Facebook group writing:
"A little positive in these difficult times."
"During Bucha's release, we found Nessy, the dog, left alone. But thanks to our friends, we found her hosts, and today, she is back to them. Look at this emotional moment. As long as some treat people like animals, we are fighting for the lives of not only humans but every animal."
The video was a ray of sunshine in the dark, especially after many traumatized civilians shared vile stories of their experiences in Bucha. They have been describing the despicable treatment they received from Putin's men who had earlier occupied the town.
Ukrainian armed forces claim that they uncovered a torture chamber used by the Russian soldiers. It was located in a children's hospital that had been used as a makeshift barracks.
One spokesman said that the bodies of five men who had been shot to death with their hands tied behind their backs were found in the basement. According to him, some had been tortured.
When President Volodymyr Zelensky visited the shattered town, he bitterly called what the Russian forces had done a "genocide." He added that they "know of thousands of people killed and tortured, with severed limbs, raped women and murdered children... dead people have been found in barrels, basements, strangled, tortured."
In defending itself, the Kremlin explained that images emerging from Bucha were fake and that Ukrainian forces produced them. They also claimed that the deaths could have occurred after they pulled out of the town.
Bucha came under attack in the early days of the war when the Russian forces were trying to overtake Kyiv. The city bore many wounds as its streets were covered with dead bodies and charred husks of armored vehicles and tanks.
By the start of March, the city was under Russian control and endured for one month before Putin's men withdrew since they failed to overtake the Ukrainian capital fully.
The first week of April saw Kyiv's men moving in to reclaim the region, and heartbreaking stories emerged. Nessy's story was one of the few uplifting stories told.