Ukraine's hero mine-sniffing dog Patron awarded medal by Zelensky for war service


Patron has been credited with detecting more than 200 explosives since the start of the war. The Jack Russell terrier and his owner Myhailo Iliev, a major in the Civil Protection Service, were presented with the medal in recognition of their work by the Ukrainian President at a ceremony in Kyiv on Sunday.

The pint-sized pooch barked and wagged his tail as his owner was handed the award, prompting laughter from the audience.

The two-and-a-half-year-old dog has become a symbol of Ukrainian patriotism during the war.

Mr Zelensky described Patron as a “wonderful little sapper”.

The Ukrainian leader said: “Today, I want to award those Ukrainian heroes who are already clearing our land of mines.

“And together with our heroes, a wonderful little sapper – Patron – who helps not only to neutralise explosives, but also to teach our children the necessary safety rules in areas where there is a mine threat.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also present and patted his pockets like he was looking for treats.

Patron has become a national hero amid Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.

The little dog, who wears a safety vest when at work, has amassed more than 200,000 followers on Instagram.

He regularly appears in videos on official Ukrainian social media accounts.


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