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Russia’s war against Ukraine has uprooted millions of people, particularly in the south and east. Many have sought refuge in other parts of the country where the violence has been less intense. But it’s not JUST people. Zoo animals also need to be rescued from the fighting. It’s a logistical challenge to bring them to safety as the war rages. DW’s Mathias Bölinger reports from Odesa.

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