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