A dog-seeker of mines, who is credited with detecting more than 200 explosives during the Ukrainian war, is recognized for courage.

President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky described Patron, a pint-sized jack russell terrier, as a “great little sapper” (military engineer).

And on Sunday, the Patron – whose work prevented countless injuries and deaths and became a canine symbol of Ukrainian patriotism – was awarded a medal in recognition of his devotion.

Zelensky presented the award at a press conference in Kiev Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.

The cartridge, which is about 35 cm tall, looks at its audience, which included the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky

The patron barked and wagged his tail, causing laughter in the audience, and Mr. Trudeau patted himself on the pockets, as if looking for a treat for the dogs.

A dog nicknamed Patron (Patron) and trained to look for explosives at the airfield while Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in the city of Gostomel, Kiev region of Ukraine, May 5, 2022. REUTERS / Gleb Garanich
Ammunition at work, looking for explosives at the airfield in Gostomel in the Kiev region, while Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues

Mr. Zelensky said: “Today I want to reward those Ukrainian heroes who are already clearing our land of mines … together with our heroes, a wonderful little sapper – Patron, who helps not only to neutralize explosives, but also to teach ours. children need safety rules in areas where there is a mine threat. “

The award also went to the owner of the “Patron” – Major of the Civil Defense Mikhail Iliev.


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