Ginger Cat Dubbed ‘Private Ket’ Leads Ukrainian Troops Through Snowy Forest

A ginger cat dubbed “Private Ket” proudly leads Ukrainian troops through a snowy forest.

The images show the ginger moggy ahead of a group of Ukrainian soldiers and a military vehicle as they make their way through a snowy, forested area.

The images were obtained from the State Border Service of Ukraine on Friday, 3rd February, along with a statement saying: “Private ‘Ket’ takes the border guards to the briefing.”

Russia invaded Ukraine on 24th February 2022 in what the Kremlin is still calling a “special military operation”. Today marks the 349th day of the war.


The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that between 24th February 2022 and 7th February 2023, Russia had lost about 133,190 personnel, 3,245 tanks, 6,443 armoured combat vehicles, 2,232 artillery units, 461 multiple launch rocket systems, 227 air defence systems, 294 warplanes, 284 helicopters, 1,958 drones, 796 cruise missiles, 18 warships, 5,107 motor vehicles and fuel tankers, and 208 units of special equipment.

Russia has claimed that its casualties have been much lower but provides infrequent updates on its latest figures.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that he is making some changes to the military personnel in charge of the borders and frontlines in a bid to boost Ukraine’s defensive stance against Russia.

Zelensky said on Monday evening: “We are bolstering our managerial positions.”

He added: “In a number of regions, particularly those on the border or on the frontline, we will appoint leaders with military experience. Those who can show themselves to be the most effective in defending against existing threats.”

Zelensky is set to visit Brussels on Thursday to meet the European Union’s leaders and address the European Parliament.

Red cat leads Ukrainian border guards in snowy forest in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the State Border Service of Ukraine on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. (@DPSUkr/Newsflash )

European Council Chief Charles Michel has reportedly invited the Ukrainian president to participate in a “future summit” involving the EU’s 27 members.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said on Monday that Russia had launched five missile attacks and 12 air attacks within 24 hours and hit areas in southern Ukraine including Kherson.

The General Staff also said that Ukrainian aircraft had launched nine strikes on Russian anti-aircraft positions and troops.

The Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom has said that Russia is making small advances as it attempts to encircle Bakhmut.

The UK MoD said: “While multiple alternative cross-country supply routes remain available to Ukrainian forces, Bakhmut is increasingly isolated.”

Pavlo Kyrylenko, the Ukrainian Governor of the Donetsk region, said: “The battles for the region are heating up.”

Serhiy Haidai, the Ukrainian Governor of the Luhansk region, said that shelling had decreased there as “the Russians have been saving ammunition for a large-scale offensive.”

Moscow is reportedly assembling additional troops in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine ahead of an expected spring offensive.

Red cat leads Ukrainian border guards in snowy forest in Ukraine in undated footage. The footage was released by the State Border Service of Ukraine on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. (@DPSUkr/Newsflash )

Germany’s attempts to quickly put together two battalions of Leopard 2 tanks sourced from its European allies to send them to Ukraine is reportedly taking longer than expected.

But German government spokesperson Wolfgang Buechner said on Monday that “Germany’s commitment stands”.

Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, has cautioned that the world is heading towards a “wider war” over Ukraine.

Speaking to the United Nations general assembly, he said: “The prospects for peace keep diminishing. The chances of further escalation and bloodshed keep growing.”

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