Ukraine’s Mine Sniffing Dog Patron Awarded Medal by Zelenskyy

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KYIV—President Volodymyr Zelenskyy presented Ukraine’s celebrated excavation sniffing canine Patron and his proprietor with a medal connected Sunday to recognise their dedicated work since Russia’s invasion.

The pint-size Jack Russell terrier has been credited with detecting much than 200 explosives and preventing their detonation since the commencement of the warfare connected Feb. 24, rapidly becoming a canine awesome of Ukrainian patriotism.

Zelenskyy made the grant astatine a quality league successful Kyiv with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Patron barked and wagged his tail, prompting laughter from the audience. Trudeau patted his pockets arsenic though looking for a canine treat.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy grant  work  canine  "Patron" Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy grant work canine “Patron” during a quality conference, arsenic Russia’s onslaught connected Ukraine continues, successful Kyiv, Ukraine, connected May 8, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters)

“Today, I privation to grant those Ukrainian heroes who are already clearing our onshore of mines. And unneurotic with our heroes, a fantastic small sapper—Patron—who helps not lone to neutralize explosives, but besides to thatch our children the indispensable information rules successful areas wherever determination is simply a excavation threat,” Zelenskyy said successful a connection aft the ceremony.

The grant besides went to Patron’s owner, a large successful the Civil Protection Service, Myhailo Iliev.

By Tom Balmforth and Oleksandr Kozhukhar