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Legendary Buddy from Aidar Battalion to star in documentary

Translated by: Christine Chraibi

Buddy has been in the war zone since the summer of 2014; someone abandoned the baby German Shepherd near the positions of the Aidar Battalion and she’s been there ever since. Today, she lives in Vinnytsia with Svitlana Bevz and Serhiy Burbelo, teachers and volunteers with the Aidar Battalion.

Aidar soldier Rustam Khamrayev was Buddy’s first master, but he was killed in combat. Buddy had two more masters, but they also perished on the front lines.

Finally, Buddy was adopted by volunteer Svitlana Bevz. When Svitlana and Serhiy wanted to return to Vinnytsia, Buddy was pregnant, so the couple couldn’t leave her with the battalion and decided to take her back with them to their one-room apartment in Vinnytsia. The puppies were born in winter, and were all adopted by Aidar fighters and volunteers.

Buddy with volunteer Svitlana Bevz
Buddy with volunteer Svitlana Bevz

Scriptwriter Yana Ponomarenko was fascinated by the dog’s story and has decided to make a feature documentary about Buddy and her adventures.

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
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