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Ukrainian war: Mine-sniffing dog that has saved hundreds of lives wins Ukrainian Medal of Honor | World news

A mine-sniffing dog, which has detected more than 200 explosives during the Ukrainian war, is recognized for its courage.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described Patron, the pint-sized Jack Russell terrier, as “a beautiful 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 press conference in Kiev with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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Patron, who stands about 35 cm tall, looks up to his audience that includes the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Patron barked and waved his tail, making the audience laugh as Mr. Trudeau patted his buttocks as if seeking a dog treat.

A dog named Patron (cartridge) and trained to search for explosives is seen at an airport while Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in the city of Hostomel, in the Kiev region, Ukraine May 5, 2022. REUTERS / Gleb Guaranteed
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Employer at work, looking for explosives at an airport in Hostomel, in the Kiev region, while Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues

Mr Zelenskyy said: “Today I want to reach out to those Ukrainian heroes who are already cleaning our country of mines … children the necessary safety rules in areas where a mine is threatened.”

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

Ukrainian war: Mine-sniffing dog that has saved hundreds of lives wins Ukrainian Medal of Honor | World news

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