Mine Sniffing Dog Receives Medal for Locating Over 200 Explosives

A mine-sniffing dog, has been credited with finding more than 200 explosives since the start of the war in Ukraine. The two and a half year old Jack Russell has received a medal.

At a ceremony in Kyiv, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, handed the prize to Patron. In the north-eastern city of Chernihiv, the terrier, whose name means “ammo” in Ukrainian, sniffs out Russian mines and explosives. He serves as a mascot for the country’s official emergency service.

Mine sniffing dog
(Image source: BBC screenshot)

He has become a national icon of Ukraine’s anti-Russian struggle. Now he is appearing in videos on official Ukrainian social media channels on a regular basis.

At a press briefing, Zelenskiy awarded Patron and his owner, Mykhailo Iliev, with their trophies. The owner shared the trophies with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Canadian Prime Minister paid a surprise visit to the country on Sunday. Trudeau stroked his pockets as Patron was given his prize, as if hunting for dog biscuits.

“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 neutralize explosives, but also to teach our children the necessary safety rules in areas where there is a mine threat,” President Zelensky said during Sunday’s ceremony.

Fans around the country have created a variety of artworks, ranging from paintings to knitted animal replicas in honor of Patron. Patron urinating on a Russian missile while wearing his characteristic safety vest is one of them.

Patron appears in front of two backgrounds, one of which depicts a grassy park with a ball and the other depicting the ruins of a bombed building.

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