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Medal for mine-sniffing Jack Russell who saved hundreds from death in Ukraine

His bravery was recognized by a mine-sniffing canine, who was credited with finding more than 200 explosives during the Ukrainian war.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zilenskyy described Patron the tiny Jack Russell Terrier as a “wonderful little sapper” (a military engineer).

On Sunday, Patron, a dog symbol of Ukrainian patriotism and whose tireless work prevented many injuries and deaths, was presented with a medal.

At a news conference held in Kyiv, Mr Zelenskyy received the award along with Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau.

Image: The 35-year-old Patron looks up at his audience, which included the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy .

The patron barked and wiggled his tail, prompting laughter among the audience. Mr Trudeau looked for a treat for his dog and sat on his lap.

Image A patron at work searching for explosives at a Hostomel airfield, in the Kyiv Region, as Russia continues its attack on Ukraine

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Mr Zelenskyy stated: “Today I want to honor those Ukrainian heroes that are already clearing our land from mines…together our heroes, a fantastic little sapper, Patron – who not only helps to neutralise explosives but also teaches our children the safety rules in areas where there’s a danger of mines.”

The award was also given to Myhailo Iliev (a major in Civil Protection Service).


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