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WATCH: Dogs Can Teach Humans How To Cross The Street



BUCHAREST- A public service campaign in Romania is trying to prevent pedestrian deaths by showing how some stray dogs in Bucharest are street smarter than humans. Say WHAT!?

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Yes, really. You can scroll to the bottom of the page to see the video. But first, you might want to remember all the things that dogs can teach us.

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But it's not just how to ski, but also how to cross the street. Something that seems so ordinary and mundane to many of us.

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No, not like that either...just the everyday task of walking across a road on two legs.

La Stampa reports that because of the "unruly behavior" of pedestrians in Bucharest and other cities, 360 people died and 1,273 were injured in 2012. The "Next Advertising" agency, responsible for the advertisement video (at the bottom of the page), say that dogs instinctively comply with certain rules that keep them safe: the strays seem to only cross the road on a zebra crossing and when the cars have absolutely stopped. A seemingly simple thing we are taught as children: stop, look, listen.

In Bucharest, according to several animal-related NGOs, there are about 40,000 stray dogs that face an euthanasia campaign launched in 2012 to reduce the numbers. For these furry friends take care of us when we need them -- and star in ad campaigns for free.

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So to recap: Dogs use their instincts to cross roads, and so should humans. If all else fails, stop, look both ways and listen for oncoming traffic. Got it? Super!

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So Here's that video of the incredibly smart stray dogs who remind us how to cross the street safely, via YouTube expand=1]:

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

How Vulnerable Are The Russians In Crimea?

Ukraine has stepped up attacks on the occupied Crimean peninsula, and Russia is doing all within its power to deny how vulnerable it has become.

Photograph of the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters with smoke rising above it after a Ukrainian missile strike.

September 22, 2023, Sevastopol, Crimea, Russia: Smoke rises over the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters after a Ukrainian missile strike.

Kyrylo Danylchenko

This article was updated Sept. 26, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.

Russian authorities are making a concerted effort to downplay and even deny the recent missile strikes in Russia-occupied Crimea.

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Media coverage in Russia of these events has been intentionally subdued, with top military spokesperson Igor Konashenkov offering no response to an attack on Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, or the alleged downing last week of Russian Su-24 aircraft by Ukrainian Air Defense.

The response from this and other strikes on the Crimean peninsula and surrounding waters of the Black Sea has alternated between complete silence and propagating falsehoods. One notable example of the latter was the claim that the Russian headquarters building of the Black Sea fleet that was hit Friday was empty and that the multiple explosions were mere routine training exercises.

Ukraine claimed on Monday that the attack killed Admiral Viktor Sokolov, the commander of Russia's Black Sea Fleet. "After the strike on the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, 34 officers died, including the commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. Another 105 occupiers were wounded. The headquarters building cannot be restored," the Ukrainian special forces said via Telegram.

But Sokolov was seen on state television on Tuesday, just one day after Ukraine claimed he'd been killed. The Russian Defense Ministry released footage of the admiral partaking in a video conference with top admirals and chiefs, including Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, though there was no verification of the date of the event.

Moscow has been similarly obtuse following other reports of missiles strikes this month on Crimea. Russian authorities have declared that all missiles have been intercepted by a submarine and a structure called "VDK Minsk", which itself was severely damaged following a Ukrainian airstrike on Sept. 13. The Russians likewise dismissed reports of a fire at the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet, attributing it to a mundane explosion caused by swamp gas.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has refrained from commenting on the military situation in Crimea and elsewhere, continuing to repeat that everything is “proceeding as planned.”

Why is Crimea such a touchy topic? And why is it proving to be so hard to defend?

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