Ukraine war: Mine-sniffing dog who has saved hundreds of lives gets Ukrainian medal of honour | World News

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Editor May 9, 2022
Updated 2022/05/09 at 3:04 AM

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A mine-sniffing dog, credited with detecting more than 200 explosives in the Ukrainian war, has been recognised for his bravery.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described Patron, the pint-sized Jack Russell terrier, as “a wonderful little sapper” (a military engineer).

And on Sunday, Patron – whose work has prevented countless injuries and deaths, and who has become a canine symbol of Ukrainian patriotism – was presented with a medal, in recognition of his dedication.

Mr Zelenskyy presented the award at a news conference in Kyiv with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy award service dog "Patron" during a news conference, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine May 8, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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Patron, who stands at around 35 ins, looks up at his audience which included Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Patron barked and wagged his tail, prompting laughter from the audience while Mr Trudeau patted his pockets as though looking for a dog treat.

A dog named Patron (cartridge) and trained to search for explosives is seen at an airfield, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in the town of Hostomel, in Kyiv region, Ukraine May 5, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Patron at work, searching for explosives at an airfield in Hostomel, in the Kyiv region, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues

Mr Zelenskyy said: “Today, I want to award 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 neutralise explosives, but also to teach our children the necessary safety rules in areas where there is a mine threat.”

The award also went to Patron’s owner, Myhailo Iliev, a major in the Civil Protection Service.

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