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A year ago – at the start of Russia's invasion of Ukraine – the Ukrainian general in charge of the defence of the city of Mykolaiv warned Vladimir Putin's invading forces that they "will become dog food".
That soon became a reality when footage emerged of stray animals feasting on Russian corpses.
"It’s unpleasant to say this but their corpses are food for stray dogs," Ukrainian General Dmytro Marchenko told The Times.
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"We’re not able to retrieve them because of continuing Russian fire in those areas."
Marchenko also vowed his men would kill ten Russians for each civilian killed in the battle for Mykolaiv.
He continued: "We know who these people are.
"We have a vast amount of intelligence, including much from our American partners, that consists of photos where we can see faces.
"We can see when those guys go for a p***."
Footage started to emerge of animals eating Russian soldiers just a few days after Marchenko's warning last year.
A grim clip was shared on Telegram and showed three puppies feasting on the charred rib cage of a dead soldier.
"Those invaders who are now being buried in Russia are very lucky," the caption read.
In September, after the initial tide of the war had turned, it was pigs rather than dogs that were filmed in a gruesome clip shared on the infamous Cargo 200 Telegram Channel – where Ukrainians routinely post gory images of Russian invaders.
"Pigs eat the Russian captain," the 14-second clip was titled.
In it, six pigs could be seen standing over a corpse. Four of them were hard at work munching through it.
Subsequent videos emerged on Telegram showing more stray dogs and even cats feasting on the remains of Putin's soldiers.
In another warning at the start of the war, Marchenko said: "If they have committed crimes, they will be tried but they will be alive. The rest of them will become dog food."
He also told the New York Times: "We fight them day and night, we don't let them sleep. They get up in the morning disoriented, tired. Their moral psychological state is simply broken."
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