A train car adorned with kittens will travel across Ukraine to spread friendship. It also contains stuffed toys, cushions, and beer.
Sloviansk, as well as Luhansk, Kramatorsk and Horlivka, have been under the armed pro-Russia milita in the area for more than two weeks.
The violence across the region this weekend have carved a chasm out of already deep divides in Ukrainian society.
The anti-terror operation announced by Kiev earlier this week is the third attempt to oust the pro-Russia forces controlling large regions.
Whichever side they take, Odessans are gearing for conflict and the city's Muslims may be in for a tougher time than most.
There's an tense, fearful armed standoff in Sloviansk and 31 people died in a deadly fire following clashes in Odessa.