Stepan, an Instagram-famous cat who recently escaped war-torn Ukraine, has been shortlisted for the most prestigious influencer award. The 13-year-old feline has been nominated for the “World Influencers and Bloggers Awards 2022”. According to Nextall funds raised from this event will be donated to charity.
Stepan the #cat from #Kharkiv has been nominated for the most prestigious influencer industry award – World Influencers and Bloggers Awards 2022.
All funds for this event will be transferred to charity. pic.twitter.com/VHFX5qpjSl
– NEXT (@nexta_tv) April 9, 2022
On top of that, at the start of March, the Ukrainian cat raised £7,000 (about Rs 6,92,679) for organizations and charities that help animals caught up in war.
According to Sky NewsWhen Russian troops began shelling Kharkiv in Ukraine last month, Stepan, who has amassed more than 1.2 million followers on his Instagram account – Loveyoustepan – was forced to abandon his home with its landlord.
Stepan escapes war owner Anna
Anna, Stepan’s landlady, was quoted by the media as saying she woke up to shelling that rattled the windows of her apartment, alerting her to the fact that the Russian-Ukrainian war had arrived in their neighborhood on February 24. the neighboring houses every day, the houses burned down before our eyes,” she described the situation in an Instagram post, Sky News reported.
Anna and Stepan were able to leave Kharkiv and travel to Lviv after spending two nights in a cellar. Moreover, according to Sky News, after spending nine hours in a queue with more than 4,000 people, they were allowed to cross the Polish border. The World Association of Influencers and Bloggers then provided them with assistance to travel to France, where they will reside until the day they can return home.
Since arriving in France, Stepan and Anna have raised nearly $10,035 (approximately Rs 7.61,832) for five organizations through social media. It should be noted that Happy Paw, UAnimals, Mykolaiv Zoo, XII Months and Plyushka will receive the funds generated to help animals injured by the conflict in Ukraine.
Russia attacks a church in Kharkiv
Since the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war, Kharkiv – Ukraine’s second largest city – has been a major target for Kremlin troops and remains devastated.
On Friday, a large explosion was seen near a church in Kharkiv, caused by an onslaught of Russian missiles. In a brief video clip, which was likely shot by a cellphone camera, black smoke can be seen emanating from a loud bang. This is not the first time that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s soldiers have attacked churches in Ukraine. The Russian army attacked the Patriarchate Church in Kharkiv earlier this month, killing several people.
According to media reports, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has previously described attacks on churches as “tragic irony”.