A bride and groom jump for a picture in front of barricades outside a regional government building seized by pro-Russian armed men in Kramatorsk, eastern Ukraine, April 22, 2014. An international agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering on Monday, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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It wasn’t enough for Russia to invade and annex the Crimean peninsula, but now they’ve also commandeered Ukraine’s most unique — and adorable — naval asset: combat dolphins.
Over the past week, Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from Crimea and ceded control to Russia, but not everyone made it out cleanly. Among those left behind in Sevastopol are an elite dolphin task force, which has now switched national allegiance. And if you think these are your run-of-the-mill Flippers, you’re wrong: these badass dolphins are trained “to patrol open water and attack or attach buoys to items of military interest, such as mines on the sea floor or combat scuba divers trained to slip past enemy security perimeters, known as frogmen.”