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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: Postcard: Ukraine’s Special Forces Dogs

By Rebecca Frankel Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent Our eyes may be directed to other parts of the world this week, but fighting in east Ukraine has worsened. In fact, according to the U.N. Human Rights office reportedly said that the fighting had entered “its most deadly period.” In these photos taken in August, armed ...

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Armed soldiers of the Ukrainian special force stands with a dog during a military operation against pro-Russian militants near Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region, on August 16, 2014. Diplomatic efforts to douse an international firestorm over claims that Ukraine's forces destroyed Russian military vehicles ratcheted up Saturday as Moscow demanded that Kiev allow its mammoth aid convoy to cross the volatile border. AFP PHOTO/ANATOLII STEPANOV (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)

By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent

Our eyes may be directed to other parts of the world this week, but fighting in east Ukraine has worsened. In fact, according to the U.N. Human Rights office reportedly said that the fighting had entered “its most deadly period.” In these photos taken in August, armed soldiers of the Ukrainian special force hang out with their dog during a military operation against pro-Russian militants near Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region.

While there’s not a lot of literature out there about Ukraine’s military dogs (thought Nigel Allsopp mentions them briefly in his book K-9 Cops: Police Dogs of the World) this video shows what appears to be a compilation of Ukrainian Special Forces training their military dogs. And though it’s set against some bizarrely moody music, the drills look legit. And so do their dogs.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. @tomricks1

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